US President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign has joined TikTok to reach young voters forward of the presidential election in November. The video-sharing platform owned by Chinese tech big ByteDance is, nonetheless, beneath evaluate within the US for potential nationwide safety issues.
Some US lawmakers have lengthy referred to as for the app to be banned over issues that the Chinese authorities might entry consumer information or affect what individuals see on the app.
Last yr, the Biden administration ordered authorities businesses to take away TikTok from federal government-owned telephones and units.
TikTok has maintained that it will not share US consumer information with the Chinese authorities and has taken substantial measures to defend the privateness of its customers.
The firm didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Sunday.
Biden campaign advisors mentioned in a assertion it will “continue meeting voters where they are”, together with on different social media apps like Meta Platform’s Instagram and Truth Social, which is owned by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
The campaign is taking “advanced safety precautions” for its units and its presence on TikTok was separate from the app’s ongoing safety evaluate, a campaign official added.
Trump, the Republican frontrunner within the presidential race, doesn’t have an official account on TikTok.
The video posted by the Biden-Harris HQ TikTok account made mild of a fringe conservative conspiracy idea that the Super Bowl was rigged in favour of the Chiefs, to ensure that pop famous person Taylor Swift, who’s relationship Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce, to announce an endorsement of Biden.
Amid rapid-fire questions asking the president to select from one in all two choices, Biden was requested if he was “deviously plotting to rig the season, so the Chiefs would win the Super Bowl” or whether or not the Chiefs had been merely simply a good soccer group.
“I’d get in trouble if I told you,” Biden joked.
By Sunday night time, the account had gained 10,900 followers.