WHITE HOUSE CALLS IN THE BIG GUNS: TikTokers Enlisted By Psaki to Help With Ukraine Messaging

According to The Washington Post 30 TikTok stars hopped on a Zoom call this week with Press Secretary Jen Psaki to receive key information about the war unfolding in Ukraine. Tokers were briefed on the United States’ “strategic goals in the region and answered questions on distributing aid to Ukrainians, working with NATO and how the United States would react to a Russian use of nuclear weapons,” the Post reports.

“At one point in the briefing, White House director of digital strategy Rob Flaherty noted that the Biden administration recognized that TikTok ‘is a critically important avenue’ for much of the American public — especially Gen Z — to find out about news,” the New York Post reported.

“So we wanted to make sure you had the latest information from an authoritative source,” Flaherty added, according to the Washington Post.

“People in my generation get all our information from TikTok. It’s the first place we’re searching up new topics and learning about things,” said Khali Green, who has more than 500,000 on the app.

But not every felt the briefing was helpful —in fact, some felt it was rather elementary. TikTok creator Jules Suzdaltsev told the Washington Post he thought the call was a “press briefing for kindergartners.”