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Biden campaign courts young voters by joiningTikTok: ‘lol hey guys’

President
Biden’s
campaign

eager
to
win
over
young
voters
for
its
81-year-old
candidate


has
launched
a
TikTok
account

with
a
video
titled
“lol
hey
guys.”

In
a
30-second
debut
clip
that
dropped
on
Super
Bowl
Sunday,
an
aide
peppered
a
grinning
Biden
with
questions
about
the
big
game,
including
“Game
or
commercials?”
and
“Jason
Kelce
or
Travis
Kelce?”

Biden,

who
skipped
a
formal
interview
on
game
day
,
carefully
sidestepped
divisive
sports
questions,
instead
joking
about
rigging
Super
Bowl
LVIII
in
a
jab
at
bizarre
Internet
conspiracy
theories.

“I’d
get
in
trouble
if
I
told
you,”

Biden
quipped

when
asked
if
he
was
“deviously
plotting
to
rig”
the
feted
football
event.

Biden’s
campaign
advisers
told
The
Post
that
they
“will
continue
meeting
voters
where
they
are,
innovating
to
create
content
that
will
resonate
with
critical
audiences
and
the
core
constituencies
that
make
up
the
president’s
diverse
and
broad
coalition
of
voters.

“In
a
media
ecosystem
that
is
more
fragmented
and
personalized
than
ever,
it’s
even
more
important
to
get
our
message
across
every
channel
and
every
platform
possible,”
the
president’s
re-election
campaign
said.

When
asked
about
his
preference
in
the
2024
election
for
his
new
Tik
Tok
account,
President
Biden
made
it
clear
he
plans
to
vote
for
himself
over
Donald
Trump.

TikTok/@bidenhq
Biden
used
the
“Dark
Brandon”
meme
to
joke
about
rigging
the
Super
Bowl
after
the
Kansas
City
Chiefs
won
Sunday.

TikTok/@bidenhq

TikTok
has
come
under
immense
bipartisan
scrutiny
over
its
ties
to
China.
The
firm
is
owned
by
a
subsidiary
of
Chinese
tech
company
ByteDance
Ltd.

Given
China’s
national
security
laws
that
mandate
firms
fork
over
data
that
is
relevant
to
Beijing’s
national
security,
a
slew
of
critics
have
sounded
the
alarms
about
TikTok’s
growing
popularity
in
the
US.

But
TikTok
CEO
Shou
Che
claimed
to
the
Senate
late
last
month,
“We
have
not
been
asked
for
any
data
by
the
Chinese
government,
and
we
have
never
provided
it.”

TikTok
insists
that
it
is
walling
off
US
data
to
allay
national
security
concerns.

TikTok
CEO
Shou
Che
defended
his
company’s
handling
of
US
data
when
confronted
by
skeptical
lawmakers
last
month.

AFP
via
Getty
Images

But
detractors
are
still
not
pleased,
with
some
such
as

Republican
presidential
hopeful
Nikki
Haley

clamoring
for
banning
the
short-form
video
social-media
platform
from
the
US
altogether.

Biden’s
administration
is
also
aggressively
scrutinizing
TikTok,
with
the
Committee
on
Foreign
Investment
in
the
US
conducting
a
probe
related
to
privacy
concerns.

In
2022,
Biden

signed
a
bipartisan
bill

to
prohibit
the
use
of
TikTok
on
most
government
devices.

“We
are
taking
advanced
safety
precautions
around
our
devices
and
incorporating
a
sophisticated
security
protocol
to
ensure
security,”
the
Biden
campaign
advisers
said.

“The
campaign’s
presence
is
independent
and
apart
from
the
ongoing
CFIUS
review.”

The
Biden
campaign
says
it
is
trying
to
engage
with
voters
on
the
platforms
they
use.

AFP
via
Getty
Images

Biden
has
previously
courted
TikTok
influencers,
having
done
interviews
with
creators
such
as

Daniel
Mac 
and
the
White
House
hosting
a
Christmas
party
for
Internet
influencers
in
December.

Last
year,
the
Biden
campaign
joined
former

President
Donald
Trump’s
Truth
Social
platform
.

Both
accounts
have
the
username,
“@bidenhq.”

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