US move angers TikTok users
The TikTok community is pouring out its frustration over the possible ban by the US government and is expressing support for the company on social media.
The app has gained in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, since many view it as a source of entertainment and education.
Many young TikTok users are so desperate to keep the app around that they launched a movement called "saveTikTok" on social media.
TikTok star Griffin Johnson tweeted on Saturday that it had given him "a lot of friends and memories that I will forever be thankful for".
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in a blog post on Wednesday that the reason his company was under scrutiny was because of its Chinese origins.
Under the grand framework of China-US strategic gaming, the rise of TikTok is symbolic of the challenge to US dominance in information technology, said Shen Yi, professor and director of the Research Institution of Global Cyberspace Governance at Fudan University in Shanghai.
"This is likely to cause fury in the White House," he said. Shen said TikTok's success, especially its popularity among the younger generation of American users, stands to showcase a true China to local audiences and could help destroy the "evil China image" that the Trump administration has long been fabricating. "This is a fight for supremacy over discourse and ideology."