In recent weeks we've seen teenagers on TikTok deal Donald Trump several significant blows by magnificently trolling him.
Teenagers on the app have reportedly mobilised each other to obtain tickets to his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma with no intention of actually attending, pretending to buy his merchandise without spending any money and purposefully leaving bad reviews of his many hotels and restaurants.
Now their antics could be put into jeopardy as Trump wants to get the app banned as an act of spite against China over coronavirus. TikTok was developed in China by the company ByteDance Ltd and, according to the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, US officials are looking at getting the app barred from the United States.
During an interview from earlier this week with Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren, Trump added to this, saying that it is 'one of many ways' that the US is looking at getting back at China for allowing the virus to spread globally:
It’s something we’re looking at, yes. It’s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful.
If Trump were to succeed in getting TikTok banned in the United States then it would severally damage these teenagers attempts to embarrass the president, so without any hesitation they've have found yet another way to troll Trump. This time they are encouraging their followers to download Trump's re-election campaign app and leave the worst review possible in the hope that Apple will remove it from the app store due to unpopularity.
This now looks like it is working. The app now has an average score of just 1.2 which is pretty awful and some of the reviews that are being submitted are hilarious and yes, there are K-Pop references.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Darius Jackson, an 18-year-old TikTok user for Champaign, Illinois said:
I don’t believe Trump is trying to take TikTok away because of national security, but more to retaliate against activism on the app and all the videos about him that drag him through the mud. This is the first year I’ll be able to vote and I think activism on TikTok is going to make a big difference.
However, Tim Murtaugh, who is director of communications for the Trump Campaign, denied that the teenagers on the app are having a significant effect on the president's attempt to win a second election, claiming that the administration's efforts to ban the app is based on China spying on people:
TikTok users don’t affect anything we do. What we do know is that the Chinese use TikTok to spy on its users.
While the negative reviews of the app, which Trump is using as a way to connect with his most devoted supporters and obtain donations, is having an effect on its overall score the belief that it could be removed is unfortunately not true. The App Store will only remove apps if they are reported to have violated guidelines but not because of a deluge of bad reviews.
That being said, it's still very amusing to see the president consistently owned by a group of teenagers and we honestly cannot wait to see what new prank they come up with next.