Revenge of the Toks!
Thousands of users of TikTok flocked to the Apple App Store in the last few days to flood Trump’s 2020 campaign app with negative reviews.
On Wednesday alone 700 negative reviews were left on the Official Trump 2020 app.
TikTok fans are looking for revenge for Trump’s threats of banning the app, which is owned by China’s Bytedance Ltd. and is hugely popular in the U.S., especially among teens.
Yori Blacc, a 19-year-old TikTok user in California says,
“For Gen Z and Millennials, TikTok is our clubhouse and Trump threatened it. If you’re going to mess with us, we will mess with you.”
Blacc said the movement gained steam Wednesday when a popular TikTok user, DeJuan Booker, called on his 750,000 followers to seek revenge. He posted a step-by-step primer on how to degrade the app’s rating, notching 5.6 million views.
“Gen Z don’t go down without a fight. Let’s go to war.”
Young people are looking for ways to make their voices heard, even if some of them can’t yet vote.
But efforts to push the app low enough so that Apple will remove it from the app store may be misguided as Apple doesn’t delete apps based on their popularity.
According to Time,
Trump’s re-election smartphone app is a big part of the president’s unrivaled digital operation and was meant to circumvent tech companies like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. and give the campaign a direct line to supporters. The app has helped the campaign engage Trump’s die-hard supporters, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, by feeding them his latest tweets and promoting virtual events. Supporters can donate to the president’s campaign or earn rewards for recruiting friends like VIP seats to rallies or photos with the president.
The Official Trump 2020 app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times on Google’s Android store as of June 15. (Apple doesn’t publish information on downloads.)
Reviews with titles such as “Terrible App” or “Do Not Download!” have been flooding the App Store since late June. Official Trump 2020 now has more than 103,000 one-star reviews for an overall rating of 1.2.
But the uptick of activity has also caused the app to rise in rankings. Users have to download the app to review it, vaulting it to second place on the Apple store from No. 486 on Tuesday, according to Sensor Tower.
Tim Lim, a veteran Democratic digital strategist said,
“Do I think that this is going to fundamentally change the election? No.
But it goes to show that they are just as susceptible to these mass actions as anyone else. Trump is starting to see what it feels like to have a massive online army committed to defeating him.”
Darius Jackson, an 18-year-old TikTok user in Champaign, Illinois, asked his followers Wednesday to give Trump’s app a one-star rating and says,
“I don’t believe Trump is trying to take TikTok away because of national security, but more to retaliate against activism on the app and all the videos about him that drag him through the mud.”
“This is the first year I’ll be able to vote and I think activism on TikTok is going to make a big difference.”
omg guys.. it would be so bad if we got the app store to delete trumps app definitely do NOT leave a one star review that would be so bad could u imagine pic.twitter.com/kHcidOR1H8— ˗ˏˋ𝙜𝙞𝙖⁷🧨ˎˊ˗ (@FL0WERH0YA) July 9, 2020