In a move that no one expected, the CEO of TikTok has appealed to Facebook and Instagram for help fighting its ban. As reported by The Verge, TikTok’s interim CEO, Vanessa Pappas has asked for public support from the aforementioned companies.
The story of TikTok's ban just keeps twisting and turning. Earlier in September, Oracle agreed a deal to acquire the social media company which looked to avert the ban on the company.
However, after investigations into the deal, Trump's administration decided the deal did not meet their standards. As a result, this means the ban into TikTok will go ahead in September meaning that the app will disappear off app stores in the near future.
Despite this, TikTok hopes to fight this ban to its bitter conclusion. Now aiming to enlist the support of other social media companies to fight its corner.
TikTok wants Facebook to help it fight Trump's ban
The executive order banning TikTok will take effect on September 20. The likelihood is that the app will continue to work after the ban takes effect. However, no one new will be able to download the app.
Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram has responded to Pappas' call for help. He said, “US TikTok ban would be quite bad for Instagram, Facebook, and the internet more broadly”.
The interim CEO hoped the call for help to fight the ban would establish some solidarity amongst Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. She said this was the time "to put aside our competition and focus on core principles like freedom of expression".
This all comes as reports surfaced that Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom is in talks to replace recently departed TikTok CEO, Kevin Mayer. Therefore, this all might mean a bit more corporation between the social media companies.
Overall, this shows that TikTok aims to continue to fight this executive order ban despite all the setbacks. The company says that the ban "was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform".
How this all ends is anybody's guess. This story has twisted and turned for months and at all stages what was to come next was always unpredictable.
TikTok clearly will not go down without a fight but it seems like Trump administration is hell-bent on enacting his ban. However, support from other social media companies may have some sway in helping TikTok survive in the U.S.