Federal employees are banned from using, but as has been made perfectly clear, rules don’t apply to the Bidens. In the latter part of 2022, President Biden enacted a law prohibiting the use of TikTok on most devices owned by the federal government. The measure was included within a comprehensive spending package and was considered a significant victory for members of Congress advocating a tough stance on China.
That’s not stopping the Biden campaign, however. As they continue to trail in the polls, they’re willing to skirt around protocols if it can win them votes.
The Associated Press writes:
President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign is now on TikTok, even though he has expressed national security concerns over the platform and banned it on federal devices.
Biden isn’t expected to personally join the platform, aides said, nor the others in his administration. The account will be run entirely by the campaign team in an effort to reach voters in an ever-fragmented American population, particularly as younger voters gravitate away from traditional platforms. The inaugural post featured the president being quizzed on the Super Bowl — and included a reference to the latest political conspiracy theory centering on music superstar Taylor Swift.
Both the FBI and the Federal Communications Commission have warned that TikTok owner ByteDance could share user data — such as browsing history, location and biometric identifiers — with China’s authoritarian government. Biden in 2022 banned the use of TikTok by the federal government’s nearly 4 million employees on devices owned by its agencies, with limited exceptions for law enforcement, national security and security research purposes. The secretive and powerful Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has been reviewing the app for years.
Campaign officials said they were taking advanced security precautions and incorporating security protocols to ensure safety, but they did not detail the measures — or provide information on whether the measures were meant to protect campaign data or voters’.
TikTok has received massive criticism over the past year after investigations revealed the way it has begun shaping the views of young users.
America’s News Desk reported that China is using TikTok to spur antisemitism in the United States. “According to Jewish social media influencers, the answer is yes, and now they are “calling on TikTok to combat an alarming surge in antisemitism that they say is making the popular short-form video platform unsafe for the Jewish community.
‘Your Jewish creators – who regularly enliven the For You page with videos of dancing, cooking, singing and positivity of all kinds – are being bombarded with abhorrent inhumanity solely due to our ethno-religious identity,” reads the “Dear TikTok” letter provided exclusively to USA TODAY.
The daily barrage of hate and harassment that regularly targets Jewish content creators on TikTok ‘has been compounded to unimaginable degrees” since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, according to the more than three dozen social media influencers and public figures who signed the letter.’
Recently, polling revealed that a startling amount of those under the age of 35 believed that Hamas murdering innocents, raping women, and decapitating babies was justified.”
The National Review noted that “when asked, ‘Do you think that the attacks on Jews were genocidal in nature or not genocidal?” 62 percent of respondents aged 18 to 24 said yes. However, when asked, “Do you think the Hamas killing of 1200 Israeli civilians in Israel can be justified by the grievances of Palestinians or is it not justified?’ a 51 percent to 49 percent majority said the attacks were justified.