HOUSTON – President Donald Trump issued executive orders against TikTok and WeChat Thursday night, prompting reactions from social media users on Twitter.
The Executive Order came after the U.S. accused Chinese tech firms ByteWave and Tencent of “automatically capturing vast swaths of information from its users,” such as location data and browsing information. The executive order is set to go in effect for 45 days.
Reactions came from all over the U.S., which included NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski. Others brought up Instagram for their release of their own ‘TikTok’-style feature ‘Reels'.
Here’s what they said:
Woke up to the news about #tiktokban— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 1, 2020
Not surprised it somehow turned political immediately... welcome to 2020 where EVERYTHING is political. 🤦🏼♂️
thinking about how I have 45 days to share the best tik toks before the Trump ban kicks in #tiktokban #EndTheNightmare we need tik tok gen z and millennial cuspers to invade the west wing or just show up at the polls— Conrad Fredrick (@ConradFredrick1) August 7, 2020
Since trump hates tiktok so much then it must be pretty great and we should all be on it.— Stephanie Jill Roberts (@Stepherpsu) August 7, 2020
Also, I'm suspicious that he and his party are pushing so hard for a ban because, as they've consistently shown, the right thing is usually the opposite of they're doing.
Hopefully this supposed Tiktok ban wakes people up to how their data is mined and packaged for sale. Also how much China owns most of that data and tech companies.— Adolwulf MUFC🔰 (@Adolwulf) August 7, 2020
Ban Facebook instead of Tiktok— cheese connoisseur (@Isabellecreager) August 7, 2020
instagram: *sees tiktok is getting ban*— dacia (@Dacia_k_) August 7, 2020
instagram: “this is our chance”
instagram: “NOW INTRODUCING REELS”
alright trump can you NOT ban tiktok please. i know i didn’t care a few day’s ago but like i’m making content i enjoy and uh yea thanks— 𝐴𝐿𝑂𝑅𝐴្ (@stitchesluvbot) August 7, 2020
instead of banning tiktok we need to ban the REAL common enemy, all forms of email— RJC (@uhzeeza) August 7, 2020
Ppl really be thinking trump wants to ban TikTok because it made his rally look bad...........NO......it’s because TikTok is mining the crap out of all our data......btw did everyone see my latest TikTok— Isabelle (@isabellehaake) August 7, 2020
Instagram hopped on the TikTok ban real quick— RitzBitss (@Ritz_bitss) August 7, 2020