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Trump re-election campaign encourages voters to sign TikTok ban petition through Facebook and Instagram

US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in the US encourages voters to sign TikTok ban petitions on Facebook and Instagram.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | July 20, 2020 | Updated 11:09 IST
(Source: Reuters)

Highlights

  • US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is running ads encouraging TikTok ban in the US.
  • There are over 100 iterations of such ads on Facebook and Instagram, as per reports.
  • The ads direct users to sign a petition to ban TikTok from the US.

US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is encouraging voters to sign a TikTok ban petition. As per a report by Bloomberg, the Trump administration is paying for ad space on Facebook and Instagram for the petition.

The ads urging voters to sign the petition read, "TikTok has been caught red-handed by monitoring what is on your phone's Clipboard". The ads then direct the viewers to sign a petition that requires them to fill their name and email id.

TikTok was caught snooping on user data that was saved on an iPhone's clipboard. The latest version iOS14 notifies users when their data is being copied by another app. The video-making app had stated in the past that it would stop the practice of reading content on user's clipboards. However, it was found doing otherwise quite recently and was caught red-handed.

Other ads from Trump's campaign on Facebook read "Protect our kids from China" and "China is spying on you."

The Trump administration launched 100 such iterations encouraging the TikTok app ban. Facebook removed one version of the anti-TikTok ad citing a violation of Facebook's policy against ads with "nonexistent functionality". The ad includes a graphic with the question, "Dear Facebook, Do Americans deserve privacy?" With "Yes" and "No" in checkboxes.

The move comes days after Trump said that the US was considering to ban TikTok. In an interview, Trump had said, "It's a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they've done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful."

State Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said that users who downloaded the app are putting "private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

TikTok users and K-pop fans reportedly sabotaged Trump's first post-COVID Tulsa rally. Before the rally, Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said there had been more than one million ticket requests for the event.

TikTok users claimed in posts and videos that they had completed the online registration for the event with no intention of going. TikTok has more than 2 billion global downloads, with around 80 million downloads in the US.

The Trump campaign has also taken out ads against Twitter and Snapchat saying the apps are attempting to silence the president, Business Insider noted.

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