President Biden’s re-election marketing campaign has joined TikTok in an effort to woo younger voters after the administration banned the Chinese-owned app from federal units over safety considerations.
On Sunday, Biden’s marketing campaign introduced they joined the platform with a video of the president answering Super Bowl questions as the sport was underway.
The marketing campaign made the transfer after stories surfaced late final yr that they have been mulling becoming a member of the app. However, a marketing campaign spokesperson downplayed the transfer on the time.
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It additionally got here after the Biden administration banned the app over safety considerations. Last February, the administration set a 30-day deadline for presidency businesses to purge the app from federal units.
The social media platform, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, is standard amongst youthful Americans. Biden has beforehand joined forces with TikTok influencers amid his re-election run, and the Democratic National Committee additionally joined the platform.
The president’s marketing campaign becoming a member of the Beijing-based social media platform might current distinctive safety dangers. Most notably, the Chinese Communist Party’s cybersecurity legislation permits authorities authorities to entry firms’ information.
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Many Republicans resist utilizing TikTok on account of information safety considerations, whereas an rising variety of Democrats have adopted the platform.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has railed in opposition to TikTok, saying final month that it ought to be “banned” and that the CEO is “lying” concerning the app being protected for Americans.
“The evidence that China is using TikTok to spy on and influence American citizens is clear, and it only keeps mounting as time goes on,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., beforehand wrote in a Fox News Digital op-ed.
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“Moreover, Beijing’s influence on ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, is undeniable,” he stated. “Not only does Chinese law compel ByteDance to hand over data at a moment’s notice, but the Chinese government also holds an ownership stake in the tech giant’s key domestic subsidiary.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to the Biden marketing campaign for remark.
Fox News Digital’s Houston Keene contributed to this report.