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It Took K-Pop Fans And TikTokers To Successfully Troll Trump’s Rally

Absolute genius.

Despite high attendance expectations and “over 1M ticket requests,” Trump’s ‘Make American Great Again’ rally, which was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week, had a pretty abysmal turnout. The reason? TikTok users and K-pop fans registering for Trump’s rally with absolutely no intention of attending. Hear all about it below:

Earlier this month, TikTok videos started making the rounds on social media and within the K-pop fandom encouraging people to reserve tickets to Trump’s rally without attending. 

In one of the first of these videos, TikTok user Mary Jo Laupp says, “I recommend all of us who want to see this 19,000-seat auditorium barely filled or empty, go reserve tickets now and leave him standing there alone on the stage.”

Laupp’s TikTok has racked up over 700,000 likes, has millions of views, and sparked dozens of similar social media posts across TikTok and Twitter. 

According to NBC, after Twitter user @dianafrompluto joked about having to “mop her windows” the day of Trump’s rally despite reserving tickets, her tweet received more than 50,000 likes and quickly went viral with other social media users posting about doing the same thing. 

As mentioned, Trump’s rally was held in a 19,000-seat arena in Tulsa, however according to NBC, only approximately 6,200 people attended. 

Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale attempted to downplay the impact of social media, writing in a statement, “Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work.”

Later, Parscale blamed COVID-19 and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests for the crappy turnout at Trump’s rally. 

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quick to call out Parscale’s claims, tweeting, “Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations and tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID.”

“Shoutout to Zoomers,” she added. “Y’all make me so proud.” Earlier, she also tweeted in appreciation of K-pop allies. “We see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too.”

It’s by no means the first time TikTokers, social media users, and K-Pop fans in particular have rallied together to fight against injustices. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Dallas Police Department was looking to identify protestors via the “snitch” app, iWatch Dallas. 

In response, K-pop fans ensured that protesters wouldn’t be recognised by the Dallas Police Department by flooding Twitter with their fancams. Subsequently, the app crashed and the fandom celebrated. 

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The same month, the K-pop fandom flooded the ‘White Lives Matter’ hashtag, the pro-Trump hashtag ‘MAGA’ and the pro-Police hashtag ‘Blue Lives Matter’ with videos of their favourite performers.

These genius ‘hacks’ of social media – and Trump’s rally – is just further proof that people still have the power to incite real change, and in 2020, it can happen with one viral tweet or TikTok video.

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Was Trump's Nazi Facebook Ad The Final Straw For Mark Zuckerberg?

Trump's post violated Facebook's "policy against organised hate."

Last year, Twitter announced it would be banning all political advertising on its platform, stating the company believes “political message reach should be earned, not bought.” Despite growing pressure to do the same, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company’s policy to run ads from politicians and claimed he didn’t want the platform to stifle political speech. Fast-forward to this week and Zuckerberg has done a 180 on his stance – all thanks to President of the United States, Donald Trump and his use of a Nazi symbol on Facebook.

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According to The Guardian, Facebook has removed a number of ads posted to the social media platform by Trump’s re-election campaign because they featured a “symbol used by the Nazis.”

The ads, which have since been removed from Facebook, feature an image of an upside down red triangle with a black border and the caption, “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem.”

“They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting – it’s absolute madness…Please add your name IMMEDIATELY to stand with your President and his decision to declare ANTIFA a Terrorist Organisation.”

Apparently, the red triangle was once used by the Nazis as a ‘badge’ to identify political prisoners in concentration camps during the Holocaust. 

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said, “we removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organised hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”

It’s really no surprise Facebook finally decided to take a stand against Trump’s ‘hateful’ political ads. Civil rights leaders, politicians and even the company’s own employees have been calling for Zuckerberg to crack down on the President’s abuse and manipulation of the platform for some time now. 

There’s also the fact that this is not the first time the social media platform has been forced to put a muzzle on Trump’s posts. In 2018, Facebook removed a racist ad posted by the President’s re-election campaign that encouraged Americans to vote for Republicans to stop immigrants from entering the country.

The question is: will Facebook follow-through with their policy against organised hate and continue blocking harmful political ads? Was Trump’s Nazi ad the final straw, or just another hands-off response to the complaints?

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What The Government’s University Overhaul Means For Your Plans And Purse

There are big changes coming.

Plenty of industries have suffered as a result of the global pandemic, but one that has truly felt the wrath of COVID-19 is Universities Australia. Earlier this month, Australia’s university sector projected it would lose up to $16 billion by 2023 due to massive drops in international student numbers, thousands of job losses and failed government support deals. 

In an effort to bolster Australia’s tertiary education industry, the Coalition has announced plans to increase fees on certain courses and offer cheaper degrees for more ‘in-demand’ subjects including teaching, nursing, maths, science and engineering.

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So, what does that mean for those looking at starting a new university degree?

The Guardian reports that education minister Dan Tehan will promise “an additional 39,000 university places by 2023 and 100,000 places by 2030.” 

It’s good news for students skipping their gap year and transitioning straight into university, but what impact will these changes have on the cost of studying?

Apparently, the cost of a three-year arts and humanities degree will increase from $20,400 to $43,500 – “while law and commerce degrees could increase from $34,000 to $43,500” as per The Guardian.

However, it’s not all bad news. There will be major cost reductions for those studying agriculture, maths, teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages, science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT and engineering.

Tehan also said that 60% of students won’t be affected by these changes at all and “no current student will be worse off” with no fee increases for courses that are already being undertaken. 

The education minister is clearly reducing the costs of courses in industries that are expected to grow exponentially in the next five years – but what about the arts and humanities students? 

The ABC reports that the National Union of Students have slammed the government’s plan to increase fees for arts degrees. “We need funding, not attacks on students,” they said. “Being a student should not be a debt sentence, but the Government has decided to force tomorrow’s workers into a lifetime of further debt.”

It’s unclear whether the government’s plan to overhaul Universities Australia will prove beneficial for future students. But one thing is clear, picking a degree in one of the cost-reduced subjects will save you a fair amount of HECS debt.

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