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Donald Trump's TikTok debut goes viral with over 22 million views

Former President Trump reaches 22 million views and 1.1 million followers on TikTok within a few hours.

Former President Donald Trump took the digital world by storm by joining TikTok and quickly gaining a huge following.

Just hours after posting his first video from the Ultimate Fighting Championship 302 event in New Jersey, Trump's account exploded with over 22 million views and 1.1 million followers by Sunday morning.

“The president is now on TikTok,” UFC President Dana White announced in a short 13-second clip in which Trump expressed the honor of joining the platform.

This significant move comes despite Trump's previous attempts to ban the Chinese-owned video-sharing app during his presidency, citing national security concerns.

The irony of Trump's new platform choice is compounded by ongoing legislative action.

A bipartisan bill passed in April requires TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to divest its U.S. operations or face a ban.

Trump himself signed an executive order blocking TikTok in 2020, but it was later overturned by the courts.

In March of this year, however, Trump changed his stance, saying that banning TikTok could give Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, an unfair advantage.

He accused President Joe Biden of pushing for TikTok's shutdown to benefit Facebook, a claim he made in a post on his own platform, Truth Social.

In the wake of his social media resurgence, Trump has also faced significant legal challenges.

Last Thursday, he became the first former US president to be found guilty of a serious crime: he was found guilty on 34 counts in connection with a hush money case in Manhattan.

Trump has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and announced that he will appeal. His sentencing is scheduled for July 11, shortly before the Republican National Convention.