TikTok influencers are getting worried over a potential ban coming soon to their money-making app!
ICYMI, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News earlier this week:
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”
Understandably, this sent creators who have made a living off of the app into a complete tizzy.
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Though many have built massive followings on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, how will their content translate if there is a ban? Especially for those like Charli D’Amelio, the most followed user on TikTok, who first found fame on the app.
Many users have begun to encourage their followers to throw them a like and follow on other apps, while others have turned to comedy as a way to deal with the potential ban.
Ch-ch-check out a few examples (below):
@hbunsPlease Mr. Cheeto Man🙏 ##fyp ##trump♬ original sound – sorryidonthaveanychange
@darlene_octaviaTiktok might get banned?🥺 so follow me on IG: @darleneoctavia and on YT: Darlene Octavia! Love you guys!! 🥰❤️##foryou ##foryoupage ##vegan ##veganfood♬ original sound – darlene_octavia
One user, @SeanDoesMagic, told TMZ that it would be a definite blow if the China-based app shut down in the US, as he currently makes $15,000 to $20,000 per sponsored post doing magic tricks to his 13.4 million followers.
Niko Valdes, @babyfaceniko on the app, tells the outlet he’s worried about making ends meet for him and his family if TikTok shuts down, as it’s currently their primary source of income, raking in about $7k to $10k monthly thanks to his 1.5 million followers.
User Christine Juhas, who has over 3.4 million followers @christine_snaps, told CNN Business she is holding out hope that any potential privacy issues will be “addressed and fixed.”
“I’d love to continue making comedic videos on the platform, without any concern for mine or others’ privacy. I think it’s important to take a break and laugh for a moment during such an uncertain and serious time in the world.”
Let’s not forget that TikTok users and K-pop stans are believed to have been responsible for tanking Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in June. Oh, and the drama between Kellyanne Conway and her teen daughter Claudia Conway — who has been vocal about her opposition to her mom and the President.
What do U think the future holds for TikTok, y’all?? Are they going to face a demise like Vine?! Let us know (below) in the comments!
[Image via TikTok.]