Teens Reckon They've Found A Way Around Potential US TikTok Ban
Following Donald Trump's announcement that he's considering banning TikTok in the United StatesTikTok, some US users reckon they'll be able to get around a potential ban using a virtual private network (VPN) or changing their location.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he returned from Florida earlier this week, Trump said: "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States."
He then added: "Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that [emergency economic powers]."
As you can imagine, his words caused a bit of stir among those who use the app, with some of the US's biggest TikTok stars speaking out about the potential ban in recent days.
But others have already been coming up with ways go get around a ban and reckon paying for a VPN might do the trick - some have even used the app to shared videos on how to get around a ban. Meta.
americans downloading a vpn/changing regions rn to keep tiktok pic.twitter.com/Uy8gVBtp51- melissa ♡ (@bagswift) August 1, 2020
Me after changing my location with a VPN for Tiktok: pic.twitter.com/ZEUjwTHzvV- tenkitcat7 (@tenkitcat7) August 1, 2020
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*Donald trump bans TikTok*- smile.:camera_with_flash: (@tempoture) August 1, 2020
Mfs trying to use VPN: pic.twitter.com/OMi4YCIa6M
Meanwhile, TikTokU.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas has told users that the app is 'not going anywhere'.
In a video shared by the official TikTok US Twitter account, Pappas said: "I want to say thank you to the millions of Americans who use TikTok every day.
"Bringing their creativity and joy into our daily lives. We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, and we're not planning on going anywhere.
"TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, create ideas, and connect with individuals across different backgrounds. We are so proud of the various communities that call TikTok their home.
"I'm also proud of our 1,500 U.S. employees that work on this app every day. The additional 10,000 jobs that we're bringing into this country over the next three years."
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