TikTok creators react to bill that could ban site
STORY: As the White House backs a bill that could see TikTok banned across the U.S., Reuters spoke to a handful of content creators who put their success down to the Chinese-owned app.
They say they are devastated that the platform might be banned.
"TikTok is the reason that I have my book deal."
Ellie Rallo's videos on dating and general life advice have made her a star.
"When the bill comes, just look at it like you've never seen that in your life, OK? He can pay for you."
With more than 650-thousand followers and 88 million likes on the site,
the former journalism student has been approached by Harvest, an imprint of HarperCollins, to write a book:
"I Didn't Know I Needed This," is due to be released in the winter.
"It accelerated every dream I've ever had. I'm a native TikTok creator, so I started creating there first before on other apps. I guess we would have to adapt."
"Apps like TikTok have opened up the door for people of all walks of life and of all backgrounds to share their story and have a place to have their voice elevated in a way that was never possible before. And to take that away, I think that would be what devastates me the most."
"You and millions of other people might see a much lower tax refund...."
Another content creator, Duke Alexander Moore says TikTok literally saved his life.
"This is what's in my bank account as of today ($373,464.35). But before I was at where I'm at today, I was here (photograph of Duke Alexander Moore in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of him). In this picture, I am pretty much dead. It was my fifth or sixth failed suicide attempt. "
He says he went from being unhoused to creating a 7-figure tax business in just two years thanks to the platform.
"...I was already doing it, I was enjoying it, then TikTok came along and I was just scrolling on TikTok one day and I saw some guy talking about taxes, I'm like, 'I can do that.' I can do that. I can do that. I got this."
When the pandemic hit, people flocked to his TikTok looking for tax advice.
"The information was so important and it needed to get out there, especially during COVID with all the stimulus checks, child tax credit, PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) loans, all that,"
TikTok is owned by ByteDance and is used by more than 100 million Americans.
Tuesday's bill gives the Biden administration new powers to ban foreign technologies that could pose security threats.