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Gen Z Frenzy: Meme Tide Swamps Twitter as Trump Threatens to Ban TikTok in US

Friday’s biggest headline was Donald Trump’s decision to ban Americans from using TikTok. Although it is likely that a non-Chinese investor will buy out the US operation from its Chinese owners, people are not taking the news lightly.

The uncertainty around TikTok’s fate in the United States has propelled the Chinese platform to the top of Twitter trends.

Gen Z’s lip-sync app of choice is under threat of going dark for its 80 million users in the United States, or a tenth of its global audience.

Donald Trump has said he would sign an executive order on Saturday to ban TikTok in the country. Lawmakers have long called out the app for its privacy practices and potential ties to the Chinese government, a charge its owners deny.

Whether the threat will actually materialise remains to be seen. There have been reports that TikTok’s parent company Bytedance has agreed to forgo its stake in the app and sell it to Microsoft.

Whatever happens next, the news has made quite a splash on social media, where reactions vary from indignation to relief.

Here are some of the hottest (but not necessarily smartest) memes and takes.