Joe Biden Blasted for Potential National Security Threat

( – US President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign is under fire for its decision to create an official account on TikTok — a social media platform that is banned on government devices due to national security concerns. The campaign’s first video, titled “lol hey guys,” garnered millions of views and hundreds of thousands of likes in the days following its release on February 11.

In the 29-second video, Biden answered several questions about Super Bowl LVIII, which coincided with the video’s release. The interviewer asked Biden whether his administration rigged the season to bring the Kansas City Chiefs to the Super Bowl in reference to conspiracy theories about the National Football League being scripted.

“I’d get in trouble if I told you,” Biden said in response to the question, followed by an image of so-called “Dark Brandon” — a meme version of Biden with glowing eyes, which was initially ironic but later adopted by the president’s supporters. Biden’s campaign also leaned into the meme after the Super Bowl, posting the same image on social media platform X with the caption “just like we drew it up.”

However, the Biden campaign’s decision to lean into TikTok has raised national security concerns. TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is banned on US government devices due to privacy and security concerns.

US Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat, said that he is concerned about Biden sending a “mixed message” about TikTok’s safety. The United States needs to find a way to prohibit TikTok, Warner added.

The White House faced questions about the concerns from journalists on February 12. However, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and spokesman John Kirby were limited in their ability to speak for Biden’s campaign staff. Nothing has changed about the administration’s national security concerns related to TikTok, Kirby said.

The Biden campaign has said that it is taking advanced precautions with their devices to ensure security. However, it appears as though they did not consider the broader impact their use of TikTok could have on public perceptions of the platform and its safety.

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