Amidst the trials and tragedies, there have been unexpected moments of progress and celebration. The Bright Side is a series in which we delve back into the past twelve months and pluck out those positives. Here, Olivia Ovenden talks about the important role TikTok has played in getting people through the pandemic. In June of this year, K-pop fans on TikTok claimed the scalp of Donald Trump's Tulsa, Rrally rally after inflating attendance s by registering for potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets as a prank. TikToks in which users showed themselves registering for the event, then joking about feeling bad for age 21 bobcaygeon, ontario chat longer being able to go, became a trend on the platform, with posts deleted the discreeg day after to stop any Trump supporters rsally on.
Amidst the trials and tragedies, there have been unexpected moments of progress and celebration. The Bright Side is a series in which we delve back into the past twelve months and pluck out those positives. Here, Olivia Ovenden talks about the important role TikTok has played in getting people through the pandemic.
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In June of this year, K-pop fans on TikTok claimed the scalp of Donald Trump's Tulsa, Oklahoma rally after inflating attendance s by registering for free yahoo chat room hundreds of thousands of tickets as a prank. TikToks in which users showed themselves registering for the event, then joking about feeling bad for no longer being able to go, became a trend on the platform, with posts deleted the following day after to stop any Trump supporters catching on.
The Trump campaign denied that TikTok had interfered with their event, and Trump's then-campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed they had weeded out "tens of thousands" of bogus attendees. He was replaced in his job the following month. Regardless of the actual degree to which TikTok users were responsible for burying the event, the idea had been seeded that perhaps social media still could be a force for good.
The kids were coming to save us. TikTok features human faces turning into horses, rainbows bursting out of eyeballs and intricate dance routines in which people multiply into body-popping armies.
Story continues The app feels reminiscent of Vine, the looping video platform that shuttered incoincidentally, or perhaps not so, the year in which the internet started to sour. Thanks to it still being the platform of the youth, TikTok maintains a sense of playfulness and opportunity which hasn't yet been subsumed by celebrity SponCon and politicians pretending they now how to use the internet.
The best of them filtered down to Twitter or Facebook, with the framing changing each time to package the content up for a different audience. The trend tapped into The Truman Show-style feeling circulating the world this year, as well as mocking the self-centered tendencies of social media.
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The endless videos of rollerskating and dancing made the app a place of escapism and joy inbut it wasn't just creativity that made it a force for good. TikTok was a vital resource during teally Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year, providing educational resources and information for those marching to remind them of zex rights. In the wake of George Floyd's murder, a clip of the resulting protests in Minnesota set to Donald Glover's "This is America" amassed 10M likes, the song playing against footage of officers on top of the police station pointing snipers at tuksa underscoring the dark reality the country found itself in.
Elsewhere grassroots movements like Tok the Vote pushed to get Gen Z involved in politics with user-generated videos, while TikTokVoters.
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The tactics content makers used realky from inundating followers with stats about what was at stake in the election, to encouraging others to share them dropping off mail-in ballots, all delivered in the language young people understand. This year marked the first TikTok election in America, and when the dragged on for a week, the most creative responses were to be found on the app as users around the world illustrated their impatience with Nevada.
While other thailand chat networks were hotbeds of conspiracy and saw a proliferation of fake news during these days, TikTok came alive with videos of young Black people celebrating how they had put Biden over the line, or white people berating those who had voted for Trump and discussing the work that needed to be done.
TikTok has also been an ally of truth during the pandemic, with users creating firsthand s of the vaccine trials in order to combat misinformation with evidence. Experts have even recommended using influencers and scientists on TikTok to counter anti-vaccine misinformation.
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TikTokkers have also met anti-vaxxers with humour, laughing off the conspiracy theories about the vaccine teenager chat room recipients, or mocking the supposed the strange side effects eiscreet it could cause. One memorable video shows someone uncontrollably barking 26 minutes after getting the vaccine.
As with any social network there is a less rosy side, like a scam selling fake Covid vaccination cards and some fears that videos of the side effects could in fact spur on conspiracy theorists.
Meanwhile many of the dance routines that go viral on the app are created by Black users and then whitewashed as they spread. The youthquake that grassroots organisers hoped for in was undermined by the fact that young white voters, especially men, messxge not vote as strongly for Biden as young Black voters, suggesting the future might not be as liberal as everyone imagines.
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Putting the hopes of our future in the hands of any social network feels like an overreach. After all, wasn't Meesage once a place of optimism and innocent creativity? But for this year at least, it felt as though TikTok was a relic of the old internet, one where creativity floats to the top, and probably the only place where a video of God and an angel arguing over the words "meteor" and "meatier" over and over again could end up with 5 million likes.
TikTok still largely remains a place where people with vested interests don't know how to elbow their way to the table. No wonder Donald Trump has tried so desperately to shut it down this year. Like this article? up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight tulas your inbox.