Harris sidesteps question on why Biden campaign is using TikTok amid security concerns – Washington Examiner

Vice President Kamala Harris sidestepped addressing why the 2024 Biden-Harris campaign is using TikTok, even though the Biden administration has cautioned about the security risks of the platform.

While appearing on This Week on Sunday, Harris was asked why the campaign is still posting content onto the platform even after President Joe Biden stated earlier this month that he would sign the House bill against TikTok should it ever reach his desk, which would require the popular social media platform to either divest itself from its Chinese parent company ByteDance or risk getting banned in the United States. The vice president stated that the intent of this bill would not be to ban TikTok, and that the administration’s security concerns stem from its owner.

“But we have no intention to ban TikTok,” Harris said. “In fact, what it serves in terms as an income generator for many people, what it does in terms of allowing people to share information in a free way and in a way that allows people to have discourse is very important.”

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Harris was pressed on whether she believes Biden’s campaign ought to remain on TikTok despite the security risks it poses, to which the vice president said, “We’ll address that when we come to it.”

“But right now, we are concerned about the owner of TikTok and the national security implications,” Harris said. “We do not intend to ban TikTok, and we understand its purpose and its utility and the enjoyment that it gives a lot of folks.”

The House of Representatives voted 352-65 on March 13 to pass the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, which seeks to either divest TikTok from ByteDance or risk a ban. The bill now awaits a vote in the Senate.


Amid TikTok potentially divesting itself from its parent company, former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he is interested in forming a group of investors to buy TikTok, calling it “a great business.” Likewise, billionaire Shark Tank co-host Kevin O’Leary has also offered to buy the platform and turn it into “a new American company.”

The risk of TikTok potentially getting banned in the United States could be detrimental to the Biden campaign’s pursuit of winning over the support of young U.S. voters, which are between the ages of 18-34. A recent poll from Suffolk University and USA Today found that former President Donald Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee, got 37% support from young voters against Biden’s 31% from the same demographic.