TikTok stars say goodbye to the popular video sharing app after President Trump announced that the Chinese-owned platform would be banned on Saturday for national security reasons.
The social media outlet, where users can create videos of 15 or 60 seconds in length, has become very popular with young people last year and is estimated to be used by more than 80 million Americans.
When news of the ban came to light on Friday, the TikTok stars quickly said goodbye to the app they found celebrity status in and asked fans to follow them on Instagram or YouTube instead.
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TikTok megastar Dixie D & # 39; Amelio, who has 32 million followers, has uploaded a video reacting to the app's demise
Skin care guru Hyram, who gained a following after sharing tips on beauty and skin care products, shared a farewell video with 5.4 million followers on Friday
D & # 39; Amelio sisters Dixie (18) and Charli (20) are among the young stars who have made careers at TikTok after videos of their dances went viral. Charli (left) is currently the most visited user in the app with 75.1 million fans
Among them was the popular skincare guru SkincarebyHyram, who has garnered 5.2 million followers in the past few months by sharing videos of his beauty and skin care tips.
"Goodbye. They have all made my life incredible in the past five months. I will miss our memories, see your beautiful faces and all the laughter, ”he said in a video.
"Remember: keep this skin glowing."
TikTok megastar and singer Dixie D & # 39; Amelio also uploaded a video reacting to the demise of the app and staring blankly at the camera while her song & # 39; Be Happy & # 39; plays in the background.
18-year-old Dixie and 16-year-old sister Charli from Norwalk, Connecticut, became two of the most popular TikTok users to whom they belonged last summer after videos of their singing and dancing went viral.
Charli, who has not yet responded to the ban, is currently the most-visited star on TikTok with 75.1 million followers, while her older sister has 32 million.
The girls are known to make videos with TikTok celebrity Addison Rae, which is followed by 53.3 million users.
The 19-year-old Addison went to Twitter after hearing the news and asked the followers to send flowers.
TikTok has driven the careers of many young social media users, including Addison Rae, who is followed by 53.3 million users and created videos with Kardashian sisters
Addison went to Twitter to respond to the news that the platform was blocked
Earlier this year, 16-year-old Charli D & # 39; Amelio (pictured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) was the first TikTok star to hit a Super Bowl commercial when she appeared in an ad for Sabra Hummus
Popular TikTokers Tony Lopez and Michael Le, also known as JustMaiko, each shared videos asking fans to find him on other social media platforms before the app was finally shut down.
& # 39; Now s ** t. F ** k. Follow me on Instagram, I think. It could be, ”said Lopez.
Not only will closing the app be a loss to the millions of fans who have banded together to take part in viral trends, but it has also raised concerns for those who are now using it to make a living.
Tik Tok has produced young celebrities, many of whom have been able to pursue careers as influencers with lucrative sponsorships.
Earlier this year, Charli D & # 39; Amelio was the first TikTok star to hit a Super Bowl commercial when she appeared in an ad for Sabra Hummus.
According to Cosmopolitan, the teenager charges up to $ 100,000 per post for paying social media content.
Charli and Dixie have partnered with Hollister and makeup brand Morphe in the past few months alone.
The same goes for Addison Rae, who joined TikTok last July and has had a large fan base with 3.1 billion likes since then, and was seen in videos with the Kardashians.
Michael Le, also known as JustMaiko (left), has amassed 34.5 million followers through his popular dance videos. He and his colleague TikToker Tony Lopez shared videos asking followers to find them on other social media platforms before the app was finally shut down
& # 39; If TikTok is actually blocked, please support your favorite creators and follow them immediately on all other social platforms. Your support means more than you know, ”said a Twitter user on Friday.
Tick tack has raised concerns about the potential security threat with global and US officials, and has claimed that the Chinese government is using the technology to spy on citizens.
Trump said on Friday that the popular video sharing platform could be blocked on Saturday by executive order or through the use of economic emergency powers.
"As for TikTok, we're banning them from the United States," he told Air Force One reporters when he returned from Florida.
"Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive ordinance or something (economic emergency powers). & # 39;
The president also made it clear that he was not assisting an American company in buying TikTok's US operations after a previous report claimed that Microsoft was "in talks" to acquire the platform.
Trump told reporters that he could already ban TikTok in the U.S. on Saturday while traveling back from Tampa with Air Force One on Friday
TikTok's popularity among American teenagers has prompted U.S. regulators and lawmakers to consider whether their personal information could fall into the hands of government officials in Beijing
Sources told the New York Times on Friday that a deal was in the works, but it was unclear where the two companies stood.
At the same time, reports claimed that Trump had planned to instruct TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to give up ownership of the platform.
Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that the White House, ByteDance, and potential buyers of TikTok, including Microsoft, had not reached an agreement that would result in the Chinese company abandoning the app's U.S. activities.
The talks are expected to continue in the coming days.
Twitter users responded to Trump's decision to ban TikTok, which has spawned a number of young stars who now rely on them for a living
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that the app would be reviewed by the United States Foreign Investment Committee, which is reviewing the business of foreign buyers for potential national security risks.
ByteDance has consistently denied any connection to the Chinese government.
TikTok made a statement on Friday saying, "Although we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident that TikTok will be successful in the long term."
ByteDance started TikTok in 2017, then bought Musical.ly, a video service popular with teenagers in the U.S. and Europe, and combined the two. A twin service, Douyin, is available to Chinese users.
TikTok's fun, goofy videos and ease of use have made it very popular, and U.S. technology giants like Facebook and Snapchat see it as a competitive threat.
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