US President, Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign has joined TikTok, even though he has expressed national security concerns over the platform and banned it on federal devices.
His aide said Biden is not expected to personally join the platform, nor the others in his administration.
He added that 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