TikTok, the viral video app fighting the Trump administration’s attempt to ban it in the U.S. over privacy concerns, is launching an elections guide to combat misinformation, reports The Verge.
TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. Trump in August issued an executive order giving ByteDance 45 days to sell the app to a U.S.-based company.
The announcement Tuesday for an elections guide comes as a deal is pending, with Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. agreeing to take a minority stake in a new U.S. company that will operate TikTok.
The company is not producing the election guide content. BallotReady will power the guide with information about the candidates at the federal, state and local level, while MediaWise will provide educational videos about how to spot misinformation and on the election process.
“On TikTok we’re seeing how people, especially younger voters, are passionate about important issues and are ready to make their voices heard,” Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re partnering with TikTok for their elections guide because younger voters often do not realize everything that will appear on their ballot, and we believe that TikTok can help them vote their entire ballot.”
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