Biden campaign debuts official TikTok account, but app is still banned on most government devices
Published Mon, Feb 12 2024 12:22 AM EST
President Joe Bidens reelection campaign launched an official TikTok account Sunday evening. The account is noteworthy because TikTok is currently banned on most U.S. government-issued devices.
The TikTok account, with the handle @bidenhq, debuted Sunday during Lunar New Year celebrations in China and Super Bowl 58 in the U.S. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In late 2022, Biden signed legislation that barred most federal government-owned devices from using TikTok. The provision was part of a massive omnibus spending bill and, at the time, it represented a major win for China hawks in Congress.
Several states and New York City also followed suit, banning TikTok on government-owned devices last year, pointing to a wide range of security concerns.
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Maybe it will be campaign fodder for the right. Maybe they are out of green M & Ms, all the fringy weird shit they pitch in place of policy. I don't use TikTok but I get it, young people are there, he should certainly communicate with them where they are.
but one of my niece's does and was mainly brought there when her and her friends used to use an app called "musical.ly" to record short karoke'd dance videos of themselves and share them. And then TikTok bought that app and rolled all those accounts in. When she sends me TikTok links, some will open and I can see the clips but others require an account and I am like, "nope". That generation often uses the shortest clips as "video memes" to analogize a situation or how they feel.
TikTok has sort of become a streamlined YouTube now.