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Trump has joined a TikTok rival and is already being mercilessly trolled by teens

SARAH SILBIGER/Reuters/Taylor Lorenz/Twitter

Donald Trump's attempts to ban TikTok in the United States have taken an unusual turn as he has joined a rival app called Triller.

Over the weekend the president shared several campaign videos on his Triller account many of which have already received more than 100,000 views. The video which was shared on the account, announcing that the president had joined the app has received four million views.

New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz noted that Trump had joined the app on Saturday. The first video that Trump shared sees him claim that "I'm a professional in technology" and "Nobody can do it like me."

Two of the other videos that Trump has shared on the app are attacks on Joe Biden and another sees him champion his supporters who attempted to break a world record at the weekend for a boat parade.

Trump already has 10,000 followers on the app but as Lorenz documented in her Twitter thread, many of the comments on the president's videos, which mostly appear to be from teenagers are critical of him and are telling him to leave the app alone. One account suggested that he should 'ban this instead of TikTok' as it is 'way better.'

Lorenz also notes that many conservative accounts that used to be active on TikTok have signed up to the app since Trump joined, while pro-Trump conspiracy theories are also being promoted on there.

The president has been vowing to ban TikTok in the United States over security concerns about the Chinese owned company. TikTok denies all of his allegations.

The app has recently seen an increase in activism from teenagers who have been attempting to sabotage Trump's election campaign. Stunts have included successfully requesting tickets for Trump rallies and not showing up and giving his campaign app bad reviews.

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