Bloomberg News reports:
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is paying for ads on Facebook Inc.’s social media platforms urging supporters to sign a petition banning Bytedance Ltd.’s TikTok, as the White House ramps up rhetoric to restrict the video app in the U.S.
“TikTok has been caught red handed by monitoring what is on your phone’s Clipboard,” read all the ads that are running on Facebook and Instagram. Viewers are encouraged to “sign the petition now to ban TikTok,” according to the ads, which direct users to a survey where they have to input personal information including their email address and mobile number.
The ads, which appeared in users’ feeds from Friday, come just weeks after teens on TikTok were said to have played a role in contributing to lower-than-expected attendance for President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa.
If they want to ban TikTok cuz it’s owned by China shouldn’t they ban Trump since he’s owned by Russia
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 12, 2020
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign launched ads urging supporters to sign a petition banning TikTok in the U.S. https://t.co/9szmITfLRg
— Bloomberg Asia (@BloombergAsia) July 18, 2020
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) July 18, 2020