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- President Trump told reporters on July 31 that he was planning on banning TikTok in the United States, causing concern among many of the app’s users and influencers.
- TikTok was not banned over the weekend, and Microsoft has confirmed that it is still in talks to acquire the app’s US operations.
- Now, TikTok users who were worried about the app disappearing are celebrating Microsoft, making memes about the potential acquisition.
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TikTok was sent into a tizzy after President Trump told reporters late Friday night on Air Force One that he was planning on banning TikTok in the United States. Three days later, TikTok is still running, with Microsoft currently in talks to acquire its US operations, the company confirmed in a statement. Now, some TikTok users are making memes about Microsoft potentially saving TikTok.
TikTok has been plagued with the standing threat of a United States ban throughout the month of July. The crux of anti-TikTok sentiment in the United States is centered around security concerns in relation to TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance. US government officials have speculated that TikTok could potentially give United States user data to the Chinese government.
Reuters reported on Aug. 1 that ByteDance was willing to divest its stake in TikTok in order to avoid a United States ban. The most notable prospective buyer is Microsoft, which is currently in talks to acquire TikTok’s US operations. Reuters reported Monday that President Trump has given Microsoft and ByteDance 45 days to reach a deal.
For TikTok users who have built up followings and communities on the app, the entire process has been an emotional rollercoaster. Tensions have been high since a glitch that caused likes and view counts to temporarily disappear occurred just days after Pompeo and Trump’s early remarks, making it seem like TikTok was crumbling before their eyes. After Trump’s Friday remarks made it seem like TikTok could disappear within a day, TikTok users quickly reacted on the app, with many eulogizing TikTok with memes and threatening to go to White House to fight the president themselves.
With Microsoft emerging as TikTok’s potential savior in the United States, some TikTok users are celebrating — and jokingly worshiping the company and its co-founder Bill Gates. Gates stepped down from the boards of both Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway in March to focus on philanthropy and has not worked full-time at Microsoft since he left his position as CEO in 2008.
TikTok users also adopted meme formats and popular TikTok sounds, including a dramatic fight format that draws upon the soundtrack from “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind,” to meme-ify the potential acquisition.
Many took the potential acquisition as a way to clown on the president himself, something that TikTok users are known for after many of its users took credit for low attendance at Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally in June.
Others played upon the longstanding division between PlayStation, which is owned by Sony, and Xbox, which is owned by Microsoft. Some joked about trashing their PlayStation content or buying their first Xbox if the deal pulled through.
While there’s been plenty of fear and bluster about the future of TikTok in the United States over the course of the past month, TikTok itself has insisted that it isn’t “planning on going anywhere.”
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