US President Donald Trump did not manage to fill the arena which had 19,000 seats during his political campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This is despite the fact that close to 1 million people had booked tickets.
Moreover, some TikTok (a social media platform) users claimed they booked thousands of tickets without the intention of attending the rally.
This was their way of protesting against the negative ways they have been affected by Trump’s governance and leadership.
Last week, Trump tweeted that “Almost one million people requested tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”
However, the turnout was far less than that.
This is because of the coordinated effort by some TikTok users.
51-year old Mary Laupp played a central role in urging people to register online for the free event without showing up.
Through TikTok, Laupp said, “All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage.”
Inspired social media users began sharing videos of how they registered for the event.
After some time, the videos started being shared on other social media platforms too like Instagram and Twitter.
Additionally, fans of South Korean pop music also joined the challenge.
They are powerful, having tweeted over 6 billion tweets last year alone.
However, a Trump campaign official had intimated that such actions did not affect the general low turnout in rallies.
On Saturday, he said they had “legitimate 300k signup of Republicans who voted in the last four elections. Those are not (TikTok) kids.”
He said families and children did not show up at the rally because they feared violent protests.
This is because they usually have “thousands of families” at their rallies.