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Newsmax: Biden Campaign Might Join TikTok to Lure Young Vote

  |   By Polling+ Staff

The logo of the social media platform TikTok is displayed on a mobile phone in Hanoi on October 6, 2023. Social media platforms operating in Vietnam including TikTok and Facebook removed nearly 800 posts containing "false or anti-state" information over the course of a month, state media said October 6, citing government figures. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP) (Photo by NHAC NGUYEN/AFP via Getty Images)

In the middle of all the controversy over the China-owned Tik Tok, Newsmax headlines: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/tiktok-joe-biden-reelection/2023/11/17/id/1142678/

Biden Campaign Might Join TikTok to Lure Young Vote

Newsmax reports:

“President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is considering joining TikTok in an attempt to court younger voters, Axios reported.

The outlet attributed its information to two unnamed sources.

Axios said most Republicans have stayed away from TikTok due to data security concerns because it’s owned by China-based ByteDance. But Democrats appear to be split on using it. 

Chinese operatives ran a massive campaign using TikTok accounts that seemed to promote Democrat candidates over Republicans before the November 2022 midterm elections, Forbes reported in December of last year.

While the Chinese-owned social media platform has given lip service to the need to rein in election disinformation and foreign interference, a number of news-affiliated accounts failed to reveal their connection to Chinese Communist Party state-owned media, Forbes said.

The accounts accrued millions of views on posts that tackled contentious topics, such as abortion and race, and included clips that primarily targeted GOP candidates, Forbes found.

Young people who voted for Biden in 2020 are now warning that their support for should not be taken for granted. 

CNN reported that young voters are most concerned about Biden’s age — he’ll turn 81 next week — the economy, and the Israel-Hamas war.

In a New York Times column last week, John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, expressed concern about Biden’s popularity among voters in their 20s and 30s with the 2024 election a year away. 

Axios noted that the Biden campaign, so far, has been attempting to benefit from TikTok without actually joining it. It has relied on friendly social media influencers to spread his campaign agenda.”

Clearly Tik Tok is headed to the stage as a 2024 political issue.