Election night time on TikTok: worry, evaluation and wishful pondering


"I communicate with over 70 people on political TikTok about what's going on," said Ashleigh Hunniford, 17, a high school graduate in Colorado. "I rely on various sources that are online. I constantly check Twitter for other people's predictions and speak to other people about what they think will happen in real time."

Many were careful about jumping the gun before the results were fully known, relying on the data-driven calls of traditional media. "The next few days will be hectic and it is my responsibility, and the responsibility of other great creators, not to mislead people into believing that the elections have gone one way without states or all votes being counted "said Harry Sisson, 18, known online as @typical_democrat. "It is up to us to be specific. For the next few days, I plan to have my content cover what states look like if they are not already called and what these empty states mean."


Nov. 7, 2020, 6:28 p.m. ET

Aidan Kohn-Murphy, 16, founder and main organizer of TikTok for Biden, a group of more than 480 developers, planned an elaborate rollout of election night for the account's millions of followers. The account was streamed live throughout the night and the title of the stream was updated with news like "Lead in Arizona". When The Associated Press called a state, TikTok stars in that state created a custom video announcing the news that was advertised on the @ TikTokForBiden handle.

This does not mean that the creators did not consider Tuesday evening a great event. Mr. Mooneyhan of the Libertarian Hype House planned his Election Night Stream outfit in advance. For the occasion he wore a brown fur coat and round gold glasses. "It's my drip outfit," he said. "It's what I wear when I want to be dripped out." Many TikTokers wore campaign merch. One person appeared in bunny ears and several male influencers flocked shirtless.

“Compared to mainstream media, our livestream, where people come in and interact, is a much more fun and comfortable environment to consume election information. You feel part of what is happening, ”said Mooneyhan.

MemePAC, a youth-run, F.E.C. Registered Super PAC opposing Mr. Trump hosted a live stream on TikTok with a website created by Jackie Ni, 18, a founder of the group. The site pulled data straight from the New York Times voting card and used an Among Us-style animation to kick Mr. Trump out of the White House for every 10,000 votes Joe Biden received.