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Trump Campaign Urges Supporters to Back TikTok Ban in Online Ads

  • Ads are targeting supporters in battleground election states
  • Teens on TikTok signed up to Trump rally with no plans to go

Photographer: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is paying for ads on Facebook Inc.’s social media platforms urging supporters to sign a petition banning Bytedance Ltd.’s TikTok, as the White House ramps up rhetoric to restrict the video app in the U.S.

“TikTok has been caught red handed by monitoring what is on your phone’s Clipboard,” read all the ads that are running on Facebook and Instagram. Viewers are encouraged to “sign the petition now to ban TikTok,” according to the ads, which direct users to a survey where they have to input personal information including their email address and mobile number.