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Trump endorses Tiktok's competitor Triller

Trump endorses Tiktok's competitor Triller
August 18 2020

Triller just got its biggest coup yet: the Trump campaign has joined the platform. So far, @donaldjtrump has four videos and roughly 10,000 followers, but it's still a significant move.

When it seemed TikTok might really go away, Triller looked like the app that might step up. It jumped to the top of every app store, creators started registering accounts, and Triller proudly announced that after a 20x increase in weekly downloads, the app had been downloaded 250M times worldwide.

Triller is a video-based app that looks and feels a lot like TikTok but is dedicated to music and entertainment. It was created by Ryan Kavanaugh, a producer and the head of Proxima Media. Mike Lu is the CEO.

The app might be new to most people, but it has been part of the entertainment world for a while. Trump’s joining might just give it the push it needs to become mainstream. Perhaps unsurprisingly, more conservative accounts have been following Trump onto the platform over the last couple of days.

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