$10 Million Campaign Launched by Biden Supporters to Take on Trump’s Social Media
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$10 Million Campaign Launched by Biden Supporters to Take on Trump’s Social Media

The primary SuperPAC supporting U.S. President Joe Biden’s reelection is raising millions of dollars in an attempt to address a conundrum facing Democrats: how to contend with Republican Donald Trump’s social media apparatus, which produces an endless stream of viral videos.

The previously undisclosed endeavor by the exceedingly clandestine Future Forward USA Action highlights widespread apprehensions among Democratic supporters and Biden contributors regarding their losing battle in the viral video arena against the Republican Party, which persistently depicts him as excessively elderly and antiquated.

Democrats claim they are lagging behind in a battleground where there are few regulations or measures in place to monitor skewed or deceptive content before it reaches the smartphones of tens of millions of Americans.

With the support of tech titans like LinkedIn founder Reed Hoffman and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, the Palo Alto-based SuperPAC is seeking at least $10 million to better understand the algorithms that enable Trump and his allies to dominate vertical video platforms.

According to two people familiar with the plans, it also intends to work with left-leaning influencers to help create and distribute new material.

Instagram and TikTok are only two of the well-known social media sites that have made short, vertical videos their main feature. They have spawned a network of “influencers” who use the platforms to disseminate content about what millions of Americans are eating, wearing, and thinking.

Last month, at a fancy hotel in Washington, Future Forward teamed up with Democratic organizations Way to Win and Hub Project to host 140 influencers for a three-day event dubbed “Trending Up,” according to the event’s organizers.

According to the sources, Future Forward is currently concentrating on YouTube Shorts, TikTok, and Instagram Reels.

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Americans consume a great deal of news through social media, especially the younger generation. According to a Pew Research Center research from February, half of American people acquire their news from social media at least occasionally.

The leader of Future Forward, Chauncey McLean, did not reply to messages seeking comment. This election season, the group—which intends to spend $250 million on digital and television advertisements—rarely discusses its operations in public.

Videos that play into voters’ preexisting fears about Biden’s age have been widely disseminated by the Republican National Committee, prominent conservative media outlets, and right-wing influencers. Some of the videos have been deliberately manipulated.

When a longer or wider-framed edit reveals Biden interacting with onlookers or acting normally, they frequently pick out a few seconds of Biden’s public moves to suggest he’s lost or drifting off. These quickly created videos with simple editing software are referred to as “cheap fakes” by the White House and Democrats.

The White House’s critique, according to the RNC, is “naked panic from deranged Democrats.”

On the social media site X, fake accounts that discuss the US presidential race are becoming more and more common, according to a Reuters story from earlier this year.

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