Think Tik-Tok users will vote for Fake President?

It’s not often folks whose cultural lives are crapped on by an incompetent government get to respond in a timely, effective manner. I’m going to presume that Tik-Tok users aren’t feeling all warm and fuzzy about the meathead in the White House…how he’s screwing over their cultural life.

15% of Tik-Tok users are going to be first-time voters in a couple of months. Can you imagine a better opportunity to express your contempt for the buffoon who tried to crush their communal chat and creativity?

16 thoughts on “Think Tik-Tok users will vote for Fake President?

  1. keaneo says:

    If you have any life online, whether basic communications or forums or deep thought and debate – vote this November and tell the Crown Prince of the Republican Party, Trumpo, he can stick his executive orders where the sun don’t shine!

  2. Ok, boomer says:

    The youth vote in the United States is the cohort of 18–24 year-olds as a voting demographic and the U.S. has one of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/05/21/u-s-voter-turnout-trails-most-developed-countries/ In 2016, 90% of young Americans reported an interest in politics. 80% intended to vote. Yet only 43% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 ended up actually casting a ballot.
    Even in 2018 – a year when more young people voted in a midterm election than in decades – a full 7 in 10 young voters failed to cast a ballot – versus only 4 in 10 of those eligible to vote overall. The gap between voters under and over 30 barely budged. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/2018-midterms-youth-voter-turnout-still-room-for-growth See also https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/04/behind-2018-united-states-midterm-election-turnout.html

    “Talk is cheap, and many of the people who say they plan on voting in 2020 will fail to do so. The problem with young people is not that they lack political interest. It’s that they have trouble following through on their high levels of political interest and actually show up at the ballot box. So, high levels of political interest among young people can only tell us so much.” John Holbein, a public policy professor at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and author of the book “Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action.”

  3. Stay tuned says:

    TikTok CEO asks Instagram, Facebook to help fight TikTok ban : ‘We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order’ https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/18/21445321/tiktok-trump-ban-instagram-facebook-adam-mosseri-app-store-google-play
    Instagram CEO, ACLU slam TikTok and WeChat app bans for putting US freedoms into the balance https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/18/instagram-ceo-aclu-slam-tiktok-and-wechat-app-bans/

    “Stand Up and Fight Back” Jimmy Cliff (1978) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeXeVMvW-ZI

  4. Menticide says:

    “Trump wants $5 billion from TikTok deal to teach people ‘the real history’ of US” https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/20/business/trump-education-fund/index.html
    Last Thursday President Donald Trump railed against what he described as “the liberal indoctrination of America’s youth” during a Constitution Day speech https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/donald-trump-national-archives-patriotic-education/index.html
    In July, during an interview on “Fox News Sunday”, Trump was asked why he has claimed that children are taught in schools to hate their country. The President of the United States replied, “I just look at—I look at school. I watch, I read, look at the stuff. Now they want to change—1492, Columbus discovered America. You know, we grew up, you grew up, we all did, that’s what we learned. Now they want to make it the 1619 project. Where did that come from? What does it represent? I don’t even know”. (‘Fox News Sunday’ with Chris Wallace on July 19, 2020 https://www.foxnews.com/politics/transcript-fox-news-sunday-interview-with-president-trump )

  5. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    “Trump administration challenges order that blocked WeChat app store ban” https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/21/trump-admin-challenges-order-that-blocked-wechat-app-store-ban.html
    “The Government’s view remains that Executive Order 13943 is fully consistent with law and promotes legitimate national security interests,” a Department of Justice spokesperson told CNBC, referring to the Commerce Department’s ban. “While the Government will comply with the injunction, we are considering appropriate next steps and intend to vigorously defend the Executive Order and the Secretary’s implementation efforts from legal challenges.”

    “Trump appears to admit trying to blackmail Oracle during TikTok deal”

  6. Tonight's The Night says:

    “Judge will rule on TikTok ban tonight” (CNN 11:57 AM ET, Sun September 27, 2020) https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/27/tech/tiktok-ban-judge/index.html Federal Judge Carl Nichols
    “While it is too soon to tell how Nichols may decide, he appeared to tip his hand somewhat while pressing the Justice Department to defend why it believes TikTok received enough due process in the matter.
    It appears, Nichols said, that “this was largely a unilateral decision with very little opportunity for plaintiffs to be heard and the result, whether we’re talking about November or tonight, is a fairly significant deprivation.”
    “Judge rejects TikTok creators’ request to delay ban, says they won’t suffer ‘irreparable harm’” (The Verge Sep 27, 2020, 9:19am EDT) Pennsylvania Judge Wendy Beetlestone.
    “Earlier this month, a judge in the Northern District of California rejected a similar request for a temporary restraining order against the ban brought by a TikTok employee. Patrick S. Ryan, a technical program manager in TikTok’s Mountain View, California office”

  7. Bōsōzoku says:

    “The president’s two August Executive Orders banning the mobile app TikTok and the mobile app WeChat, along with the State Department’s major foreign policy initiative for a “clean” internet within the United States are only the most recent signs that the once open, global internet is slowly being replaced by 200, nationally-controlled, separate internets. And, while these separate American, Chinese, Russian, Australian, European, British, and other “internets” may decide to have some things in common with each other, the laws of political gravity will slowly pull them further apart as interest groups in each country lobby for their own concerns within their own country. Moreover, we will probably see the emergence of a global alternate internet before long.
    Some of this nationalistic dis-integration of the internet has been foreseen as the 1990s’ open/global internet gradually became a principal domain of war, news, espionage, politics, propaganda, banking, commerce, entertainment, and education since around 2005.”
    https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/518762-is-the-internet-falling-apart
    “Internet Fragmentation: An Overview” (Future of the Internet Initiative White Paper, January 2016) http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_FII_Internet_Fragmentation_An_Overview_2016.pdf
    “Pioneering Sci-Fi Author William Gibson Predicts in 1997 How the Internet Will Change Our World” http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/pioneering-sci-fi-author-william-gibson-predicts-in-1997-how-the-internet-will-change-our-world.html
    “William Gibson Says Today’s Internet Is Nothing Like What He Envisioned” (NPR 3/19/20) https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/810570879/william-gibson-says-todays-internet-is-nothing-like-what-he-envisioned

  8. Update says:

    “ByteDance Ltd. is working with U.S. regulators to resolve outstanding security concerns over its planned sale of a stake in music-video app TikTok, and the companies involved are bracing for the approval process to drag on past the November election, according to people familiar with the matter.” https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2020/10/2/bytedances-us-tiktok-deal-likely-to-drag-past-november-election
    “ByteDance is in discussions on a final proposal with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or Cfius, the regulatory body that must clear any agreement. Several issues remain unresolved, including questions about data security, Chinese ownership in the new TikTok Global and a possible $5 billion education fund. Trump has said that if a deal isn’t done before Nov. 12, TikTok will be shut down in the U.S., but it’s possible that deadline could be changed if negotiations are still going on into next month, people familiar said.”

    “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “Cifius” /ˈsɪfiəs/) is an inter-agency committee of the United States Government that reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in U.S. companies or operations. Chaired by the United States Secretary of the Treasury, CFIUS includes representatives from 16 U.S. departments and agencies, including the Defense, State and Commerce departments, as well as (most recently) the Department of Homeland Security.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_on_Foreign_Investment_in_the_United_States

  9. Greasy palms says:

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison donated $250,000 to a super PAC supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) reelection campaign as his company closed in on a coveted position as TikTok’s US technology partner. https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/17/21520356/oracle-tiktok-larry-ellison-lindsey-graham-super-pac-donation-jaime-harrison?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4
    FEC documents show that Ellison made the $250,000 donation to the Security is Strength PAC on September 14th. The Security is Strength PAC has bought ads exclusively in support of Graham’s political ambitions, including his 2015 presidential campaign and his current reelection bid for the US Senate. https://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00573733/1451054/sa/ALL
    It’s an unusually large donation for Ellison, who also donated $5,200 to Graham’s Majority Fund in January. The timing of the larger donation is also remarkable, coming mere hours after Oracle officially announced that it had been chosen as TikTok’s technology partner for its US operations, beating out Microsoft in a high-profile bidding process to save the popular video app.

  10. Boomer says:

    TikTok is toughening its stance against the QAnon conspiracy theory, expanding its ban to all content or accounts that promote videos advancing baseless ideas from the far-right online movement. (NPR) https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/925144034/tiktok-tightens-crackdown-on-qanon-will-ban-accounts-that-promote-disinformation
    The action hardens the video-sharing app’s previous enforcement against QAnon that targeted specific hashtags on the app that QAnon supporters have used to spread unfounded theories. [See https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53528400 ] Now, users that share QAnon-related content on TikTok will have their accounts deleted from the app.
    TikTok, which has 100 million monthly active users in the U.S., made its expanded ban against QAnon quietly in a statement to Media Matters, where it garnered little attention. A TikTok spokesperson confirmed the policy to NPR on Saturday. A company official said it has been TikTok’s internal policy since August.

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