TikTok’s plan to stave off government intervention: Flood D.C. with influencers

Another person familiar with the plans noted that TikTok was paying for the cost of sending influencers to D.C. It was not clear which influencers would be making the trip.

“Lawmakers in Washington debating TikTok should hear firsthand from people whose lives would be directly affected by their decisions,” said TikTok spokesperson Jamal Brown. “We look forward to welcoming our creators to our nation’s capital, helping them make their voices heard, and continuing to drive meaningful impact in their lives and for their communities.”

The Information first reported the invitation to creators.

The influencer push will not be TikTok’s only attempt to sway government officials in Washington next week. The app’s CEO Shou Zi Chew is also slated to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday.

ByteDance has amassed an army of public relations and lobbying professionals in recent years to fend off threats to its business, which first began with efforts…

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This article was written by By Hailey Fuchs and originally published on www.politico.com