Republican critics of Democrat Joe Biden have expressed their disapproval of his use of an app that is prohibited on US federal government devices due to concerns that it may gather information for Beijing.
US President Joe Biden’s appearance on TikTok has sparked controversy due to concerns over the security risks posed by the Chinese-owned platform.
Despite this, Biden’s reelection campaign used the platform during the Super Bowl to target younger voters, featuring a meme of a laser-eyed, eccentric version of himself. Republicans have criticized Biden for using TikTok, as it is banned on US federal government devices due to fears that it collects data for the Chinese government.
Even the White House admitted on Monday that it still has reservations about TikTok’s use on government devices, highlighting ongoing national security concerns.
The White House stated that it could not formally comment on campaign matters due to election rules, but expressed a general awareness of concerns regarding platforms like TikTok spreading disinformation. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged this concern.
TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, has faced accusations from a wide range of US politicians of being a propaganda tool for Beijing, a claim vehemently denied by the company.
Republican Senator Joni Ernst criticized the Biden campaign for joining what she referred to as the Chinese Communist Party’s dangerous propaganda app on X (formerly Twitter).
Republican Representative Darrell Issa further criticized the Biden campaign for joining TikTok after the app had been banned by the White House from devices a year ago, describing it as a cause for panic.
According to Rob Flaherty, the deputy manager of the Biden campaign, the President’s TikTok debut received over 5 million views, which demonstrates their dedication to finding fresh and inventive methods of connecting with voters.
As per the University of California Santa Barbara’s American Presidency Project, this embrace of new media is partly responsible for Biden hosting fewer press conferences than previous presidents, having held only 33 in his first three years compared to Obama’s 66 and Trump’s 52 during the same period.
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