Ban TikTok? Trump campaign pushes Facebook ads asking if he should block the music app
The saga to cancel TikTok in the U.S. continues.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign pages are running ads on Facebook and Instagram against TikTok weeks after people used the music video app to undermine one of Trump's campaign rallies.
The advertisements warn that "TikTok is spying on you," hinting toward long-held theories about the ByteDance-owned app sharing user data with the Chinese government. The ads say that Americans deserve privacy and ask people whether they believe the President should block TikTok in America.
The series of ads have a link that sends viewers to a survey asking for their personal contact information.
"TikTok has been caught red handed by monitoring what is on your phone’s clipboard," the ads said. "Do you think we should ban TikTok? Sign the petition NOW!" The ads first appeared on newsfeeds on Friday.
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TikTok has previously said it doesn't send any user-collected data to China. It has also told media outlets it plans to move out of Hong Kong.
The latest news comes just weeks after TikTok users made a concerted effort to disrupt President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. People using the app urged followers to register for tickets to Trump’s campaign rally and not show up.
In recent years, TikTok has faced increasing scrutiny as teens and young adults in the U.S. flocked to the quirky, video editing platform. Facebook took notice and tried to buy Musical.ly, which eventually became TikTok. Facebook then pivoted, recently unearthing plans to release a carbon copy of the app called Reels in just a few weeks.
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