What Are ‘Dabloons,’ the Imaginary Currency of TikTok?


It started with a picture of a cat’s paw. It became a game of wins and losses, a warped mirror of capitalist reality and, importantly, a giant inside joke.

In case you hadn’t heard: There is a rapidly growing trend where people on TikTok are spending, collecting, gaining and losing a form of fictional money known as “dabloons” (not to be confused with the former Spanish gold coin). The hashtag #dabloons, marking dabloon-centered videos, has over 417 million views on the platform. By…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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