Biden Admin Giving Tax Dollars to TikTok Influencers to ‘Combat Misinformation’

President Joe Biden’s administration has launched a new taxpayer-funded scheme that recruits social media influencers to spread the Democrats’ messaging in an effort to “combat scams and misinformation.”

The White House’s plan involves giving tax dollars to TikTok and Instagram stars to promote Biden’s new federal student loan debt relief program.

Biden’s controversial student loan plan seeks to wipe the debt of college-educated voters ahead of the midterm elections.

Those who paid off their debts, or worked through college without getting in debt, or chose not to go on to higher education, get nothing.

The Biden admin hopes to counter criticism of the plan by paying influential social media users to promote the program with “accurate information.”

“The White House will engage directly with digital creators and influencers on social media platforms to help spread accurate information about the program and alerts concerning potential scams,” the White House fact sheet read.

The announcement comes just days after Biden came under heavy scrutiny for walking back student loan forgiveness eligibility.

The move was called a “remarkable reversal” by NPR.

An administration official told the news outlet that 800,000 borrowers would no longer be qualified to receive the relief.

The White House hopes its “influencer army” will help reach and spread more desirable information about the Biden administration to younger audiences.

After passing the Inflation Reduction Act, the administration invited 20 social media influencers to the South Lawn of the White House, where they were briefed on the legislation.

Select online personalities with large audiences received a special invitation to attend the event.

V Spehar, a TikTok user with 2.7 million followers, told NPR, “I got a magical email from the digital communications team at the White House saying they were going to be doing essentially a creator briefing for the Inflation Reduction Act.”

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The influencers who attended the intimate event were briefed in the Roosevelt Room by members of the National Economic Council, the climate policy office, President Biden, and Vice President Harris.

However, the influencers didn’t receive any information or opposing views from Republicans or critics of the legislation.

Rob Flaherty, the White House director of digital strategy, told NPR, “The reality is, if we want to go out and talk to a wide amount of people whose lives are going to be impacted by the Inflation Reduction Act, and both take credit and also tell people how they can access some of the benefits, then we need to get out into the digital communities that people exist in — and that means spending time with digital creators who have huge reaches into those audiences.”

Pew Research reported that 33% of individuals ages 18 to 29 said they get their news from social media.

“We’re not expecting them to become Biden administration propagandists,” Flaherty said.

“But we want to make sure that they have the best information that they can get and be able to ask questions, just like reporters would, to be able to inform their audiences.”

The White House has repeatedly enlisted TikTok stars to push the administration’s preferred messaging.

As Slay News recently reported, documents unsealed by a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that the Biden admin has been running a sophisticated propaganda campaign to promote vaccinations through the media and Big Tech.

The documents show that part of the scheme is to “Request major TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram influencers to create videos of themselves being vaccinated and start a special campaign of funny and/or musical videos about being vaccinated to encourage others to create content and post.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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