Donald Trump, 74, now has a verified account on Triller. Launched in 2015, the artificial intelligence-powered music video app is the rival of video-sharing social networking service TikTok.
On August 15, 2020, Trump uploaded a few Triller videos for his presidential election campaign. Seeking reelection, the 45th U.S. president is the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.
Trump’s running mate is the 48th U.S. vice president Mike Pence, 61. They are running against Joe Biden, 77, and Kamala Harris, 55, the respective Democratic candidates for president and vice president.
“Nobody can do it like me,” Trump said in one Triller video. “Nobody, nobody can do it like me.”
Triller is based in Los Angeles, California, United States. On the other hand, TikTok, which launched in 2017, is owned by internet technology company ByteDance, which is based in Beijing, China.
In 2017, ByteDance purchased lip-sync video app Musical.ly, which was founded in Shanghai, China. The company eventually merged the app with TikTok, which operates through the app stores of U.S. tech giants Google and Apple.
On August 14, 2020, Trump issued an executive order seeks to unwind the acquisition claiming that the app poses threats to national security. The order prohibits ByteDance’s ownership of any interest in Musical.ly in the U.S.
ByteDance is given 90 days to sell off any assets that enable it to operate TikTok within the U.S. and any data it obtained from TikTok or Musical.ly users based in the country. A TikTok spokesperson told Business Insider that TikTok is “loved by 100 million Americans because it is a home for entertainment, self-expression and connection” and the people behind it are “committed to continuing to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform for many years to come.”
“It is fair to say TikTok has done almost everything the U.S. side has asked for,” Bloomberg quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian as saying on August 17, 2020. “However, it is still not spared from the clutches of certain U.S. politicians, who are acting like robbers. Out of their own selfish political gains, these politicians insist on fabricating various excuses to strangle TikTok.”