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High-Ranking Senate Dem Issues Warning After Biden Campaign Joins TikTok

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High-Ranking Senate Dem Issues Warning After Biden Campaign Joins TikTok

The Senate Democrat chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee criticized President Biden for his reelection campaign joining the Chinese platform TikTok.

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) reacted after the Biden campaign on Sunday posted a video on TikTok trying to show Biden as quick-witted. Asked by a voice offscreen, “Chiefs or 49ers,” Biden responded, “Two great quarterbacks. Hard to say. But if I didn’t say I was for the Eagles then I would be sleeping alone. My wife’s a Philly girl.”

“Game or commercials?” the voice prompted. “Game,” Biden answered.

“Game or halftime show?” he was asked. “Game.”

“Jason Kelce or Travis Kelce?” He responded: “Mama Kelce. I understand she makes great chocolate chip cookies.”

“Deviously plotting to rig the season so the Chiefs would make the Super Bowl or the Chiefs just being a good football team?”

“I’d get in trouble if I told you,” Biden replied.

By Tuesday the video had racked up 7.4 million views.

“I think at the end of the day, the Chinese Communist Party ­can not only get access to the data, but also, more importantly, can potentially drive the algorithms in terms of what you’re seeing,” Warner stated, “I’m a little worried about a mixed message.”

Last year, Warner joined South Dakota GOP Senator John Thune to sponsor the RESTRICT Act tocomprehensively address the ongoing threat posed by technology from foreign adversaries by better empowering the Department of Commerce to review, prevent, and mitigate information communications and technology transactions that pose undue risk to our national security.”

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After the Biden campaign posted the video, Arkansas GOP Senator Tom Cotton tweeted, “TikTok is a spy app for the Chinese Communist Party. It’s used to push propaganda on American kids and steal data. It’s shameful that Biden is embracing TikTok to compensate for bad polls driven by his mental decline.”

TikTok is a spy app for the Chinese Communist Party.

It’s used to push propaganda on American kids and steal data.

It’s shameful that Biden is embracing TikTok to compensate for bad polls driven by his mental decline.

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 12, 2024

Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst echoed, “TikTok was banned from all federal government devices because it’s a threat to our national security. That didn’t stop the Biden campaign from joining the CCP’s dangerous propaganda app.”

TikTok was banned from all federal government devices because it’s a threat to our national security.

That didn’t stop the Biden campaign from joining the CCP’s dangerous propaganda app.https://t.co/XJFCLqNpAn

— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) February 12, 2024

Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio has repeatedly warned about TikTok. Last August, he called for the banning of Chinese-controlled TikTok in an opinion piece.

“TikTok’s public-policy chief blatantly lied under oath when he denied US data is stored in China,” Rubio wrote in his piece published by The New York Post. “ByteDance, TikTok’s China-based parent company, was caught in October using the app to spy on American journalists.”

Rubio noted that The New York Times reported TikTok stores Americans’ private information, which includes driver’s licenses, addresses, and device IDs, in China, where they can be accessed by ByteDance employees. He also pointed out that Forbes revealed the tax information and Social Security numbers of content creators on TikTok are also stored in China.

“Almost a third of the country uses TikTok semi-regularly,” Rubio pointed out. He delineated how TikTok is undercutting American companies by selling products more cheaply through its app. “Who, for that matter, will even be aware of American goods on the market when TikTok’s algorithm begins — as it surely will — to favor Chinese sellers?” he asked.

He referred to the disingenuousness of TikTok’s tactics when they said they were “celebrating” American small business in May when committing $1 million “to support Black and Brown” entrepreneurs and funding small businesses suing Montana for banning the app.

“China’s totalitarian regime hates the United States and is bent on displacing us as the world’s greatest power,” Rubio wrote. “If TikTok users believe their sensitive data are safe in Beijing’s hands — that Beijing wouldn’t use those data to influence, coerce, extort or spy on them in the case of a geopolitical conflict­­ — they need to think again.”

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