WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden The re-election campaign defended it on Monday new tiktok account as an important way to boost his appeal among young voters, even as his administration continued Raise security concerns About whether the popular social media app could be sharing user data with China’s communist government.
“The President’s TikTok debut last night – with over 5 million views and counting – is proof positive of both our commitment and success in finding new, innovative ways to reach voters in an evolving, fragmented and increasingly personalized media environment,” Biden re-election deputy campaign manager Rob Flaherty said in a statement.
However, at the White House, the national security spokesman John Kirby Said, “There are still national security concerns regarding the use of TikTok on government devices and there is no change in our policy of not allowing it.”
Kirby referred most questions about TikTok to the Biden campaign and dodged more general questions about whether it is wise to use the app. He said potential security issues relate to “concerns about the protection of data and the potential misuse of that data and privacy information by foreign actors.”
Both FBI and Federal Communications Commission Warned that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, could share user data – such as browsing history, location and biometric identifiers – with that country’s authoritarian government. Biden signs law banning use of TikTok by federal government in 2022 4 million employees But…