The government is still debating on whether or not to ban TikTok in the U.S. However, while no official decision has been made yet, TikToker, Griffin Johnson, has announced his departure from the popular app.
Johnson was one of the original Sway House members. The content creator house was formed earlier this year, and initially included: Josh Richards, Griffin Johnson, Kio Cyr, Nick Bean, Jaden Hossler, Quinton Griggs, Bryce Hall, and Anthony Reeves.
As the year went on, more members began to leave the house, to focus on solo projects. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on July 1st, Bryce Hall revealed the “rebranded” members of the Sway House: Griffin Johnson, Noah Beck, Blake Gray, and of course, Bryce Hall.
Since the future of TikTok is currently unknown, and the safety of the app is currently under investigation, Johnson announced that he will be switching platforms. Triller will be his new focus, and according to Johnson, Noah Beck and Josh Richards are making the switch as well.
Johnson also took it one step further, and interacted with fans through Instagram DM’s. In the messages, Johnson goes into depth, as to what kind of data TikTok can collect. He stated that “TikTok has a biometric system that can hack into your texts, camera, and voice”.
On Wednesday, July 29th, Donald Trump confirmed that the U.S. government is looking into whether or not the app is a breach in privacy. If they conclude that the app falls into a national security risk, then there’s a good chance that TikTok will be banned in the U.S. indefinitely.
Meanwhile, Richards, Beck, and Johnson have already begun uploading videos onto Triller.
Triller was originally launched in July of 2015, and had a user interface similar to TikTok. However, after the Musically app took over, Triller was left behind.
In December of 2019, it was announced that Triller’s newest investors included celebrities, such as: Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Jake Paul, Kendrick Lamar, and more.
While the Sway House members are excited about their new venture, their fans weren’t too happy with the news. Some fans are assuming that Triller is paying the Sway House influencers to promote the app.
Meanwhile, other fans are bashing Triller’s effects, and pixel quality.