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Charli D’Amelio, Chase Hudson & more say “bye bye” to TikTok before ban

Published: 19/Sep/2020 13:16

by Georgina Smith

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Numerous TikTok stars have reacted to the news that people in the US will no longer be able to download the viral video sharing app from September 20, news that could signify the beginning of the end for an app that has skyrocketed in popularity within recent years.

Shockwaves were sent through the global TikTok community when Donald Trump signed an August 6 executive order that set a 45-day deadline for the Commerce Department to decide whether Chinese company Bytedance’s apps such as TikTok and WeChat posed a threat to national security.

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For a period of time, it appeared that companies such as Microsoft and even Walmart would invest in the US branch of the company in order to allow operations to continue as normal. But with no business deal yet agreed — and the impending Sunday deadline — it appears unlikely that there’s any possibility of the situation improving by that time.

A smartphone with the TikTok logo is held in a person's hand.
Freepik.com / TikTok/ Microsoft
Windows planned to buy the US branch of TikTok to prevent the ban

This, of course, poses a risk for creators who have made their platforms through the app, as once this transaction ban is put in place, it will be difficult for the app to operate as it did before and may signal the end of TikTok as we know it.

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Some creators on the app have spoken out in response to the shattering news. Chase Hudson a.k.a. Lil’ Huddy posted a video in which he pleaded with Trump to “just please let me have the one thing that I like, please.” He even jokingly activated a taser in front of the camera in protest of the upcoming ban.

@lilhuddyplease♬ original sound – Chase Hudson ??

TikTok queen, Charli D’Amelio — who has almost 90 million followers on the app — uploaded one of her regular dance videos, but subtly referenced the news by captioning it “follow me on Triller,” with a fan replying: “Is this goodbye, Charli?”

@charlidameliofollow me on triller @ charlidamelio dc @nexttojer♬ May I – Flo Milli

Triller is an app structured in a very similar way to TikTok, with endless scrolling and portrait format. It could be a potential candidate for a TikTok replacement if this ban has a detrimental effect on TikTok’s business.

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Griffin Johnson retweeted a message that read: “No one is happy more than Griffin that TikTok is getting banned, homeboy been warning you for months that it’s getting banned, but y’all sh*t on him.”

Sway House member Bryce Hall tweeted a sad, but simple “bye bye TikTok…” Clearly not holding out much hope for the future of the app, now the ban looks like it’s really going ahead.

TikTok will reportedly be removed from the US app store on September 20 if no further deal is arranged by then. Anyone who already has the app will supposedly still be able to use it, but will be unable to further update the app, leaving US users at a disadvantage when ByteDance roll out further updates.

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Bella Poarch responds to hate over Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco TikTok

Published: 17/Oct/2020 13:16

by Georgina Smith

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Viral TikTok star Bella Poarch has caused a stir yet again after an insane collaboration with Benny Blanco and Justin Bieber, with some disgruntled user claiming that her popularity is not deserved enough to be collaborating with huge stars.

Belly Poarch has been one of the many breakout stars of video-sharing app TikTok. The 19-year-old has absolutely stormed people’s For You Pages with her adorable videos, and her lip sync to British diss track ‘M to the B’ earned the most likes on the app with a whopping 40 million.

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Her most popular content often involves her bobbing her head along to a viral TikTok sound along with cute facial expressions, a video style that has won her 37 million followers and substantial engagement on the platform.

Instagram: Bella Poarch
The TikTok star has over 37 million followers on the platform.

However, even her lighthearted videos have won her some controversy, with many claiming that her “kawaii” style was attempting to imitate children in a supposedly suggestive manner.

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At the time, Bella responded to the hate by saying “why is it not allowed to act cute? It’s a natural thing to most Asians. But people seem to hate me for it.” However her comment section is still packed with people who are opposed to her content, and the insane popularity she has won as a result.

Now, she has collaborated with none other than music producer Benny Blanco and Justin Bieber, which has exacerbated the hate to an extreme degree.

@bellapoarchI’m so lonely😔♬ justin bieber Lonely with benny blanco – Bella Poarch

The quirky video features Bella standing in an elevator alone to the tune of Bieber and Blanco’s ‘Lonely.’ The doors close, and when they open again, the three stars do a bizarre dance together with stuffed animals.

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While seemingly a recipe for breaking the internet, the comment section is a solid mix of positivity for TikTok meeting mainstream music, and negative comments directed towards Bella’s sudden rise to fame.

“Why is she famous again?” one user asked, in a comment that received over 200 likes. Many objected to the fact that she was able to meet such huge stars, saying “remind me again how she is able to meet all these people just because she nodded her head?”

Hate comments on Bella Poarch's TikTok

Others called her “overrated” and claimed that she must have “sold her soul” to be able to participate in such an A-list collab.

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One fan said that “she doesn’t make content like she used to before her hype,” but Bella calmly replied, “people make fun of me for just shaking my head, so I’m switching things up a little.”

Bella Poarch responds to hate on her Bieber collab

Within roughly 16 hours of it being posted, the TikTok has garnered 2.3 million likes and over 11 million views.

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