As Trump TikTok ban nears, the app's star Charli D'Amelio joins rival Triller

By Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

As President Trump's ban on TikTok nears, some of the social video platform's biggest stars, including Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, are joining rival app Triller.

The sisters and their parents, Marc and Heidi, boast a total of roughly 138 million followers on TikTok.

Sixteen-year-old Charli D'Amelio, known for her dance videos, has the largest fan base, with 87 million TikTok followers. On Triller, Charli has accumulated 928,000 followers as of Tuesday. Singer Dixie D'Amelio, 19, has 38 million followers on TikTok.

"We couldn't be more proud to welcome the D'Amelio family to the Triller family with open arms," said Bobby Sarnevesht, Triller's chairman, in a statement. "They are an incredibly multi-faceted and talented family who have already been invaluable to us."

The D'Amelios joined a growing list of TikTok stars who are increasing their presence on rival streaming services like Triller, Instagram and YouTube as the Trump administration has raised national security concerns about TikTok. The app's parent company, ByteDance, is based in China and Trump believes that TikTok could be giving U.S. user information to the Chinese government. TikTok says that it has not done so and that its U.S. user data are stored in Virginia backed up in Singapore.

Trump has signed an executive order that could ban TikTok in the U.S. by Sept. 20 if ByteDance does not divest TikTok's U.S. operations before then. After rejecting an acquisition bid from Microsoft, TikTok on Monday said it had submitted a proposal that would resolve the Trump administration's national security concerns. Some analysts believe the proposal would not be an outright sale of the business to a U.S. partner. Oracle on Monday confirmed its involvement, saying it "will serve as the trusted technology provider" for TikTok. The proposal will be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and Trump.


Oracle's co-founder, Larry Ellison, is a Trump supporter who hosted a February fundraiser at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. for the president's re-election campaign.. On Tuesday, Trump told reporters he had "high respect for Larry Ellison" and said his staff was "very close to a deal."

The uncertainty surrounding TikTok's future has benefited rival apps like Triller, which rose to the No. 1 downloaded iPhone app in the nation on Aug. 1, according to San Francisco-based analytics firm App Annie. Triller said it has more than 100 million monthly active users.

Marc D'Amelio said his family recently met with Triller to try out features the app will be rolling out soon.

"Our family is looking forward to sharing our own exciting and unique content utilizing these features as another fun platform to engage with our followers and fans on," Marc D'Amelio said in a statement.


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