TikTok the emerging political platform

Young influencers compete to win over their peers with dance videos, comedy skits, musical numbers and fact-heavy monologues

Before the start of this year, Ms Madisyn Bukoski used TikTok just like any other 18-year-old: to fill the time by scrolling through fun viral videos. But at the end of January, she answered an advertisement calling for TikTok videos from people who were "Republican, funny and outgoing (and) love America".

The creator of the account was not a GOP operative or slick public relations consultant, but a Floridian teenager.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2020, with the headline 'TikTok the emerging political platform'. Subscribe