Biden Campaign Considers Joining TikTok: Report

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November 17, 2023

President Joe Biden's reelection campaign is reportedly considering joining TikTok.

Biden's campaign is considering moving to the platform as the president is in close competition with his top challenger, former president Donald Trump, among voters aged 18-29 in recent polling, Axios reported Friday.

The campaign slammed Axios for the scoop hours after it published the report.

"Lol this is not a scoop," T.J. Ducklo, a senior communications adviser to the Biden campaign, said on X. "Campaigns talk about a bunch of stuff and some we do and a bunch we don’t. Something some outlets who know better choose to ignore for cLicKs. If we have news to share we’ll let yall know!"

Several prominent Democrats are already on the platform, owned by Chinese developer ByteDance, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.), Gov. Gavin Newsom (Calif.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).

The report comes two days after Biden met with Chinese president Xi Jinping and eight months after the Biden administration threatened to ban TikTok from the United States unless its Chinese owners agreed to sell off their shares in the company.

TikTok has come under fire from Republicans, such as presidential candidates Gov. Ron DeSantis (Fl.) and Nikki Haley, who want to ban it over security concerns. Haley recently cited videos on the platform promoting Osama Bin Laden's "Letter to America," in which the al Qaeda leader cited American foreign intervention as justification for terrorism. Several videos on TikTok praising bin Laden's arguments have gone viral amid Israel's war on Hamas.

TikTok said it was "proactively and aggressively" removing the videos and denied reports of such content trending on the platform, claiming that it is "not unique to TikTok and has appeared across multiple platforms and the media."

The platform has also attempted to counter claims that it has become an arena for anti-Semitism in the wake of Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks. Executives met Wednesday night with Jewish celebrities including Debra Messing and Sacha Baron Cohen, who shared their dismay that such phrases as "Hitler was right," "I hope you end up like Anne Frank," and "from the river to the sea" appeared on the app. The Anti-Defamation League deems the last slogan, which attendees at several pro-Palestinian rallies have chanted, anti-Semitic, as Hamas uses it to call for the destruction of the state of Israel.

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