US President Joe Biden started a profile on the TikTok social network on Sunday and posted his first 26-second video there. The platform provides space for outreach predominantly young voters before the presidential elections, which will be held in the USA in November. TASR informs about it based on the AFP report.
TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and in recent years, many American politicians have accused it of serving the Chinese government’s propaganda, which the company has repeatedly denied. The most prominent criticism came from the ranks of the Republican Party, well also from members of the Biden government.
Several states and the US federal government at the same time they banned the app from being used on government devices. The state of Montana even wanted to ban it completely, but the US court blocked it last December. Biden in his first video on the @bidenhq profile comments on various topics from politics to the finals of the American Football League, the so-called Super Bowl.
He said, for example, that he prefers to watch football itself rather than special commercials and musical performances, which take place during the breaks, and this year, for example, the American singer Usher will perform on them.
In the video, Biden was also asked about whether there was a secret conspiracy to rig Sunday’s game so that the Kansas City Chiefs won. American football player Travis Kelce, who is currently dating American pop singer Taylor Swift, plays in this team. According to the conspirators, she was supposed to support Biden in the elections in exchange for victory, which, despite this team’s victory on Sunday, did not happen. The president jokingly replied: “I’d get in trouble if I told you.
The video ends with the question of whether Biden prefers himself or Republican candidate Donald Trump. “Are you kidding me? Biden,” he replied with a laugh. Although Washington continues to closely scrutinize TikTok, further action at the federal level does not appear to be forthcoming. “It now appears that the ban was pushed more to score political points and that it was not a serious legislative effort,” civil rights defender David Greene said in this connection to the British newspaper The Guardian.