During the briefing, which happened over a Zoom call, White House press secretary Jen Psaki provided the Biden administration’s talking points on “the United States strategic goals,” and answered a number of questions.
According to the Washington Post, “millions” of people got on TikTok for information on the situation.
This is one of the TikTok stars that the White House invited on a zoom call to get briefed on Ukraine.
Her channel, which is just hundreds of videos of her dancing, is definitely the first place I would go to get Biden approved news on the war 🤡
The adults are back in charge. pic.twitter.com/yzxiPOsZ22
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 11, 2022
This is not the first time the Biden admin has worked with TikTok influencers to peddle propaganda.
“The administration worked with dozens of top TikTok stars last year to encourage vaccination,” the WaPo report read.
“He also hosted a briefing for influencers to educate them about his infrastructure plan. To emphasize the child-care components of his “Build Back Better” initiative, he sat for interviews with two parenting influencers on Facebook Live and YouTube.”
In the cringiest vaccination promotion ever, a TikTok star called “Benny Drama” posted a video titled “A day in my life as a White House intern.”
I will continue screamin from the mountaintops that TikTok has so much pull!! Benny Drama (whose whole brand is about comedic overacting) was the most recent influencer recruited to promote the vaccine by @WhiteHouse. pic.twitter.com/uwUrq5CZb6
— Jordyn Brown (@thejordynbrown) August 9, 2021
The administration worked with a nonprofit advocacy group called Gen Z for Change to find the most effective TikTok content creators to include in the briefing.
Gen-Z for Change has their mission statement on their website, making the partisan lean crystal clear: “Partnering with influencers, activists, and celebrities, we produce multimedia content on a variety of topics including COVID-19, climate change, systemic inequity, foreign policy, voting rights, and LGBTQIA.”
One influencer, Kahlil Greene, told the Washington Post he was not surprised by the invitation.
“People in my generation get all our information from TikTok,” he said. “It’s the first place we’re searching up new topics and learning about things.”
This entire situation was so unbelievably ridiculous that SNL even did a skit about it.