TikTok Stars Meet With White House To Discuss War In Ukraine

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TikTok Stars Meet With White House To Discuss War In Ukraine

By Movieguide® Staff

The White House recently invited around 30 TikTok stars to discuss the current war in Ukraine with National Security Council staffers and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

The Washington Post reported that the group discussed how best to aid the Ukrainians, with the help of NATO, and how the U.S. would respond should Russia turn to nuclear aggression.

The zoom call brought together some of the top influencers on the video-sharing site, most popular among younger demographics for news, comedy, and more.

TikTok users from Ukraine consistently posted updates about life in the bomb shelters as Russian forces invaded.

“People in my generation get all our information from TikTok,” Kahlil Greene, 21, said. “It’s the first place we’re searching up new topics and learning about things.”

“We recognize this is a critically important avenue in the way the American public is finding out about the latest, so we wanted to make sure you had the latest information from an authoritative source,” White House director of digital strategy, Rob Flaherty, said.

“I’m here to relay the information in a more digestible manner to my followers,” Ellie Zeiler, who has more than 10 million followers, told the Washington Post. “I would consider myself a White House correspondent for Gen Z.”

However, some Republicans accused the Biden administration of wasting time instead of overseas action.

“What a joke. This White House—including National Security Council staff—is spending time spreading debunked disinformation about the 2016 election to TikTok stars. Tells you everything you need to know about how unserious they are,” Rep. Steve Scalise wrote in a Tweet.

Wesley Hunt, the Republican nominee for a congressional district in Texas, called out President Biden’s lack of responsiveness to the American people.

“Joe Biden can hardly be bothered to take questions from the American people, but the White House is briefing TikTok influencers on Ukraine. We have reached peak idiocracy,” Hunt said in a tweet.

However, with over one billion users on TikTok, others said the media strategy from the White House makes sense.

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