TikTok effort to manipulate Biden town hall YouTube ratings fails to beat Trump

TikTok effort to manipulate Biden town hall YouTube ratings fails to beat Trump


A social media influencer tried to manipulate online ratings for Joe Biden’s ABC News town hall event Thursday to deny President Trump a ratings win for his rival NBC News forum — but he failed, with Trump triumphant in YouTube clicks.

Hank Green, who has a vast online following, implored TikTok users Thursday to watch Biden’s event on “every phone, television and computer.”

His video appeal scored 1.2 million “likes” and more than 21,000 comments on TikTok, a China-owned platform popular among teens and young adults.

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As for TV viewership, Joe Biden’s town hall drew more viewers than President Trump’s, according to early figures.

A total of 12.7 million viewers tuned in to ABC to watch Biden field questions from voters from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., compared to 10.4 million who watched Trump do the same on NBC, initial Nielsen ratings show.

Biden’s town hall, meanwhile, had 2.9 million views on ABC News’s YouTube channel. Trump’s town hall had about 4.7

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