It hasn't gone unnoticed that Joe Biden's Sunday announcement that he's joined TikTok contradicts the administration's stance on the app, which remains banned on government devices.
When asked during a Monday presser about the announcement, White House spox John Kirby said that the concerns over the app are more over the "preservation of data and the potential misuse of that data and privacy information by foreign actors."
"Can you explain the national security concerns [of TikTok]?"— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 12, 2024
KIRBY (a day after the Biden campaign joined TikTok): "Concerns about the preservation of data and the potential misuse of that data and privacy information by foreign actors..." pic.twitter.com/AIQKoog6Yk
Meanwhile, TikTok is the app of choice for human trafficking.
According to a segment on "60 Minutes," migrants have purportedly been using videos on the China-owned social media platform that provide ‘step-by-step instructions’ for how to find gaps in the border wall and hire smugglers.
A TikTok spokesperson told Fox News Digital, "TikTok strictly prohibits human smuggling which we remove from our platform and report to law enforcement when warranted." -Fox News
TikTok claims that 93% of human trafficking content on the platform is proactively removed.
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Joe Biden’s campaign announced Sunday that he is now on TikTok, despite the fact that Biden signed a bill banning the platform on all devices assigned to federal employees a year ago.
Biden’s X account reposted a cringe video from his campaign account in which he answers questions about his Super Bowl preferences.
Several respondents pointed out that Biden signed into law a limited TikTok ban in December 2022 as part of the 4,126-page spending bill.
Furthermore, in March last year, Biden threatened to ban TikTok altogether unless the app’s Chinese owners agree to spin off their share of the social media platform.
The ultimatum was made by Biden’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, in response to concerns about the amount of data TikTok trawls, and the platform’s links to the Chinese Communist Party.
In the same month, The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance a bill, titled Deterring America’s Technological Adversaries, that would clear the way for a full ban on the app.
A similar bipartisan bill, called Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (“RESTRICT”) Act, was introduced in the Senate around the same time.
Lmao he signs a ban on an app because he thinks it’s dangerous then joins the app because he thinks it will bring in voters 🤣🤣🤣— democrat no more (@WalkFromDems) February 12, 2024
You just can’t make this stuff up 🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/FQQyepiabA
Ummmm, what 🤔https://t.co/h8aIgUB6xk— ⚜ Paula ⚜ (@PaulaC_mj1981) February 12, 2024
Makes sense.— Scott Mason (@hypnoksa) February 12, 2024
Tik-Tok is also owned by China.
Meanwhile, the president (presumably one of his interns) posted this after the game last night on his personal X account...
🚨#BREAKING: At 10:50 P.M. EST the President of the United States (@JoeBiden) posted this photo on X along with the caption "Just like we drew it up." In the ALT text on the image it said: "dark brandon" pic.twitter.com/4XFxq5Hzrj— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) February 12, 2024
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