How would you explain TikTok to US President Donald Trump?

  • The Commander-in-Tweet loves using Twitter, but how would he adapt to sharing short videos?
  • Each week, our readers will vote on their favourite answer and the contestant with the least votes is eliminated
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Trump and TikTok

Every week, we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers vote for their favourite answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the least votes every week until we have a winner.

Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

Contestant 1

Mr President, TikTok is a fascinating social media platform/app for people to create and share short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos. Unlike other social media apps, you don’t need to worry about the legitimacy of the content because you don’t reveal any sensitive information. 

You can try creating your own video content by doing a lip-sync to a song and perhaps a quick, fun dance. You can bring back talk shows and other aspects from your previous years as a television personality before you’ve become president. If you’ve had a long day and just finished a press conference, try to indulge in TikTok. It will leave you stress-free and energised to face a new day. 

Contestant 2 

@Trump has joined
@hkstudent28 has joined 
@Trump: Hey @Anu, can you tell me what TikTok is?
@hkstudent28: Sure. TikTok is a social media platform for creating, sharing and discovering short videos. There are two types of videos: 15 seconds and 60 seconds.
@Trump: OK … But I don’t really understand it.
@hkstudent28: Ugh! How do I explain it? Oh, I know. you know how you’re quick to say whatever comes to your mind? This is the personality and intention of the 15-second TikTok users. They want their videos to go viral and they want to become popular, so they don’t think of the consequences and just post whatever comes to their mind. Got it?
@Trump: Yes, but you didn’t have to offend me.
@hkstudent28: Oh, did I offend you? Sorry, I was just trying to make you understand what TikTok is all about.
@Trump: Anyway, thanks for helping me.
@hkstudent28: I recommend that you watch TikTok comedian Sarah Cooper’s videos. She does excellent impressions of you. 

Contestant 3 

Trump: OK, now that you’ve explained to me what Instagram is, what exactly is TicTac?
Me: Oh, you mean TikTok?
Trump: Yes, that.
Me: Tik Tok is basically a social media app where you can choose to humiliate yourself or others to make people laugh by creating short videos and adding special effects to them. You can also show off your singing or dancing skills. It’s mostly used by Gen Z and millennials, but Gen X and Baby Boomers can give it a try, too.
Trump: Great, there’s finally something I can do after I retire.
Me: Oh, you mean in two to three years’ time? Looks like you’ve found a hobby.

Contestant 4

With your tweets labelled as “misleading”, you must not be very happy, President Trump. Luckily, in the midst of your despair, I’ve brought you the millennial saviour – TikTok.
According to Urban Dictionary, TikTok is a platform that makes you reconsider life. You’ll be amazed by its charm and appeal, Mr President. I can already feel the chemistry between TikTok and you, far more than that between you and any kind of disinfectant. I’m sure you’ll forget about your Twitter tragedy with this new love.

Now that you’ve discovered a whole new world on TikTok, it’s time for you to go viral! Once you’ve understood the TikTok algorithm with the perfect amount of twerks, humour and spontaneity, you’ll easily beat Mr Biden. 

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