Did Buzzfeed actually find Joe Biden’s secret Venmo? Twitter users react
Hey everybody, Joe Biden’s on Venmo! Buzzfeed scoured the internet for the sitting U.S. president’s Venmo account and honestly, they didn’t have to look very hard. It took all of ten minutes for internet sleuths to track down Biden’s Venmo, a cash-sharing app where you can send & receive money from others.
While it thankfully appears Joe Biden didn’t set his password to USA123 or something easily hackable, Buzzfeed reported it was concerning that from one ten-minute Venmo dive, they could find the sitting U.S. president’s kids, grandkids, friends, and more connections through the app.
Buzzfeed further explained why this is a problem, specifically Venmo’s public friends’ lists: “Even if a Venmo account is set to make payments private, its friend list remains exposed. There is no setting to make this information private, which means it can provide a window into someone’s personal life that could be exploited by anyone — including trolls, stalkers, police, and spies.”
After reaching out to the White House, Venmo released a statement: “The safety and privacy of all Venmo users and their information is always a top priority, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Customers always have the ability to make their transactions private and determine their own privacy settings in the app.” The Bidens’ Venmos were also taken off the app by Friday evening.
However, Twitter still has opinions and they won’t stop tweeting about POTUS and his public app. Here are Twitter’s takes on Joe Biden and his Venmo.
Joe Biden is 102 but you tryna tell me he can use Venmo but can’t figure out how to attach a PDF to an email? https://t.co/o1qHdyGbUn
— Vaxxine Shaw, Attorney At Law (@fairyglowmother) May 15, 2021
Grandpa Joe still needs his millennial & Gen Z staff to fix those pesky PDFs.
absolutely no way joe biden knows how to use venmo https://t.co/72RF3psMEj
— sarah day (@sarahdayarts) May 15, 2021
Yeah, there’s no way he can use his own Venmo. Maybe his grandkids use it to send themselves ice cream money?
Who is Joe Biden Venmo’ing? Are he and Barack going half on a pizza?? https://t.co/PzqXdLM0Sn
— 👑 Stephanie Victoria 👑 (@CrownVictoria22) May 15, 2021
White House bromance
But we still wanna know: Are Joe Biden and Barack Obama still going halfsies on pizza?
The Biden Venmo thing is important because finding it "feels wrong". Venmo has been violating our privacy norms for years. We expect a payment app to offer certain levels of privacy, for ourselves or for a president. Venmo falls short. https://t.co/8uKQfRh5nf
— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) May 15, 2021
What about our privacy though?
The issue at hand: Venmo’s model isn’t really private, and if it’s a problem for Joe Biden, it’s a problem for the rest of us.
The two Venmo stories this morning really shine a light on our two political parties:
Joe Biden: money sent to grandkids, probably some $ spent on ice cream.
Matt Gaetz: Escorts, cocaine, hotels, underage girls. #MattGaetzIsGuiltyAF
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@NickKnudsenUS) May 15, 2021
In case you forgot, Matt Gaetz is still a thing, he’s using Venmo too, and Twitter’s not letting us forget it. The Daily Beast reported Matt Gaetz allegedly used Venmo to pay an accused sex trafficker who then used the app to pay an underage girl for sex acts. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is Venmoing his grandkids ice cream money.
how is knowing joe biden's username on venmo a national security concern? slow news day? does he need donations or something? idgi lol https://t.co/DJ1klOWHcs
— Alex Lamerato (@alexlamerato) May 15, 2021
Slow news day
However, some folks on Twitter are scratching their heads about the issue. It’s Joe Biden’s friends’ list, not the nuclear codes!
Is it just me or are a lot of people missing the point about the Venmo story? It's nothing wrong with anything Joe Biden bought or did, it's how easy trackable all of our social and financial relationships are. Or am I missing something?
— It's James and the Awful Truth (@TweetFiction) May 15, 2021
Yeah, it’s not a crime to spoil your kids using Venmo, but Twitter thinks Twitter’s missing the point of the story.
I’m finna request 10 million from Joe Biden on Venmo
— most likely to outpizza the hut (@Seyithe1st) May 15, 2021
Where’s my money, Joe?
If we didn’t get those stimulus checks, how many people on Twitter would be hitting Joe Biden up on Venmo for $2,000?
Going to venmo request $400 from Joe Biden
— minecraft villager noise (@cedlesin) May 15, 2021
Can I haz $400 Mr. President? 😸😸😸
everyone should send joe biden a venmo request for the $600 he still owes us
— kyle rehl (@kylerehl) May 15, 2021
Or $600? We were already paid, our @$$.
Alright this is definitely a massive security loophole that needs to be fixed immediately but my question is why does Joe Biden need a Venmo https://t.co/s33y5NyFCI
— ☀️jen ☽☾ שולמית says free palestine☀️ (@jensyidstress) May 15, 2021
Wait, but why?
Why does Joe Biden need Venmo in the first place? I mean, it’s nice to send the grandkids McDonald’s money, but still.
Joe Biden’s Venmo sounds like the name of a @callousdaoboys song
— Two Minutes To Late Night (@2M2LN) May 15, 2021
Naming my band that
We’re calling dibs on naming our synth-wave, new age rockabilly jazz indie prog band Joe Biden’s Venmo.
What do you think about the Joe Biden Venmo story? Do you think it’s a nothing-burger, or are there real security & privacy concerns here? Let us know in the comments!