TikTok has responded to Donald Trump’s plans to ban the platform, insisting it’s ‘not going anywhere.’ The platform’s General Manager, Vanessa Pappas, uploaded a video, settling creators and users’ worries.
‘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,’ she said. ‘We’ve heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you. We’re not planning on going anywhere.
‘TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with people across different backgrounds and we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home.’
She added: ‘I’m also proud of our 1,500 US employees who work on this app every day and the additional 10,000 jobs that we’re bringing into this country over the next three years.
A message to the TikTok community:
A message to the TikTok community. pic.twitter.com/UD3TR2HfEf— TikTok (@tiktok_us) August 1, 2020
‘I’m thrilled about our US Creator Fund where we just announced our $1 billion funds to support our creators and when it comes to safety and security, we’re building the safest app because we know it’s the right thing to do. ‘So, we appreciate the support. We’re here for the long run, continue to share your voice here, and let’s stand for it.’ Trump threatened to ban TikTok.
Pappas’ statement comes after Donald Trump threatened to ban the platform in the US, coincidentally just as it’s celebrating its second birthday. The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, ‘I have that authority,’ before adding: ‘It’s going to be signed tomorrow.’