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TIKTOKER’S with millions of followers bid farewell to the popular video-sharing app after President Donald Trump announced he’s banning the Chinese-owned platform.

Social media stars, who rose to popularity through the app, bid farewell to TikTok, which has grown widely popular among young people, after Trump announced he’s banning the app amid national security concerns.

6TikToker's took to the platform to bid farewell to their followers after Donald Trump announced he will ban the Chinese-owned platformCredit: AFP or licensors

TikTok allows its users to create, watch and engage with videos that range from fun dance trends to beekeepers rescuing honeybees.

An estimated 80million Americans are said to be using the platform.

As the president announced the ban on Friday, TikTok stars rushed to say their final goodbyes to the app where they found celebrity status, asking fans to follow them on Instagram or YouTube instead.

Addison Rae, a social media personality and dancer, who has accumulated 53million followers on TikTok voiced her reaction to the news on Twitter, simply saying, “bitter.”

6Skin care guru SkincarebyHyram, said his final goodbyes to his 5.4million followers on TikTokCredit: TikTok 6TikTok justmaiko reacted to the news that the platform will be banned in the US and asks his followers to follow him on Instagram and YouTubeCredit: TikTok

Dixie D’Amelio, who has over 32million followers on TikTok, shared a sad video of herself frowning without saying a word, with a caption that read "yeah."

TikToker Tre Clements, who has 2.6million followers on the video-sharing platform, shared a live video reacting to the news saying, “Trump is going to ban one of our only sources of happiness… This is a dictatorship not a democracy.”

Skin care guru SkincarebyHyram, said goodbye to his followers in a TikTok video that has been seem by 1.8million people. The skin care expert has 5.4million followers on the platform.

“Goodbye y’all. You have all made my life incredible for the last five months. I’ll miss our memories, seeing your beautiful faces and all the laughs,” he said in the video.

“Remember: Keep that skin GLOWING.”

6Dixie D'Amelio's reaction to Trump's news about banning TikTok in the USCredit: TikTok 6Addison Rae, who has accumulated 53million follower on TikTok reacted to the news on Twitter, simply saying 'bitter'Credit: Twitter 6TikTok is said to be used by 80million AmericansCredit: Twitter

In the caption for the video he asked his followers to follow him on Instagram and YouTube

On Friday, the president officially said he plans to ban TikTok in the US and might act as soon as Saturday.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president told reporters.

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Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action.

But while it’s considered fun by users, US lawmakers have raised intelligence, national security and privacy concerns about the company’s ownership.

TikTok has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.

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China, Worried About Food Security, Cracks Down on 'Big Stomach Kings'

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's biggest short-video platforms said on Thursday they will punish users seen to be wasting food in their broadcasts, cracking down on so-called "big stomach kings" as the government urges against food wastage in the middle of a pandemic.

President Xi Jinping called food wastage "shameful" this week as China also seeks to curb a growing trend among internet celebrities who have gained hordes of fans in recent years by eating large amounts of food in a short time on video.

Short-video platform Douyin, which is owned by ByteDance, said users searching for keywords such as "eating broadcast" or "big stomach kings" would now be shown prompts urging them to "reject waste and eat reasonably".

"With respect to any actions that waste food, once discovered, the platform will at the first moment impose penalties according to the degree of the violations," Douyin said in a statement. "We call on users to cherish food."

China said in May it would draft a response plan for ensuring food security in 2020, as it worried about the disruptions to the agriculture supply chains from the global pandemic.

Xi on Tuesday said in a speech published by state media that the amount of food that was wasted in China was "shocking" and urged the country to maintain a sense of crisis about food security, prompting many local governments to launch related campaigns and restaurants to raise penalties on buffet wastage.

"Big stomach kings" livestreamers, in particular, were called out by a programme by state broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday as encouraging wastage. The trend of celebrities, often with slim figures, eating copious amounts of food quickly first started in Japan and South Korea, according to local media.

Another short-video platform Kuaishou said on Thursday it would shut down any live broadcasts or ban accounts if users were found to be promoting the eating of large amounts or encouraging vomiting to eat more.

"We call on users to not overeat while creating," it said.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh and Shanghai Newsroom; Additional reporting by Pei Li in Hong Kong; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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