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President Joe Biden needs TikTokers.
The problem is that he is not on ICT Tac.
The app’s parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing and the administration has determined that it should not be used on “the White House and other federal government work equipment for security reasons,” according to an administration official.
But the White House – who saw Biden’s approval rating among 18-34 year olds has dropped dramatically since taking office – is trying to find ways to reach TikTok’s young audience without a @POTUS account.
One way: the Democratic National Committee created a TikTok account after consulting campaigns in 2020 to avoid application. The committee takes security measures. It has dedicated devices specifically for TikTok that are isolated from “other DNC assets/processes/activities to mitigate privacy risk,” the committee said.
“The DNC’s privacy concerns regarding TikTok remain unaffected,” said DANIEL WESSELL, the committee’s deputy director of communications. “We take extra care when developing content and communicating with voters through this medium, and advise campaigns to take similar precautions.”
But the DNC’s use of TikTok still represents a shift in the broader attitude the party has taken towards the platform. Other prominent Democrats like the Georgia gubernatorial candidate STACEY ABRAMS and sen. JOHN OSSOFF (D-Ga.) also joined ICT Tac. And the White House has participated in videos with creators like the comedian BENNY DRAMAthe JONAS BROTHERSand scientist guy NYE TICKET – all of whom uploaded TikToks to their own accounts with wide reach. The White House also gave TikTok stars a briefing on the war in Ukraine, the Washington Post first reported in March.
It’s easy to see the motivation. TikTok was the most visited website in the world in 2021, surpassing even Google, according to Cloudflare, a cloud infrastructure company that tracks internet traffic.
And the DNC’s TikTok videos regularly get more views than the committee’s Instagram videos. Earlier this month, the same short clip from Rep. CATIE PORTER (D-California) talking about gun reform got 50,000 views as an Instagram reel against the 163,000 views on TikTok.
The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, does not have an account. “We have no intention of giving our data to the Chinese Communist Party or using their spyware,” RNC spokesman Nathan Brand said.
The delicate dance with Chinese society comes amid a recent Buzzfeed report that TikTok repeatedly accessed US user data from China. Under the Trump administration, the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States opened an investigation into TikTok. DONALD’S TRUMP then issued an executive order that would ban TikTok if it did not sell to an American company. Lots of twists and legal challenges later, ByteDance negotiates with Oracle about storing its data in the United States, and has not divested TikTok.
The White House declined to comment.
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PAUSE IT: The president called on Congress today to suspend the federal gasoline tax for three months through September, in the administration’s latest effort to rein in pump prices. The move would relieve Americans of the federal tax of 18 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24 cents per gallon on diesel. The proposal is likely going nowhere, as Democrats and Republicans in Congress largely oppose such a move.
THE WHITE HOUSE WOLF: Former adviser to Obama ROBERT WOLFwho was spotted at the White House earlier this month, confirmed to West Wing Playbook that he had advocated for the suspension of the federal gas tax in recent meetings with senior Biden administration officials, including the Chief of Staff RON KLAIN. In a phone call, Wolf said that regardless of the success of the effort, Biden’s push could motivate states to suspend their gas taxes for the summer.
“If we can lower prices at the pumps, that puts the money back in the pockets of hard-working Americans, how can that be a negative?” he said.
Wolf also predicted that the Biden White House could explore other initiatives to reduce consumer prices amid rising inflation: “I guess there will be more food price announcements and energy,” he said.
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Gerald FORD. He said “one of the proudest moments of my life came to the main courtyard when I received my Eagle Scout badge. I still have that badge. It is a precious good. »
And the feeling is mutual. After Ford’s death in December 2006, 400 hundred Eagle Scouts paid tribute to him in his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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