TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will appear before the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23, following increased scrutiny of the Chinese-owned video-sharing app, Reuters reports.
This will be Chew's first appearance before a Congressional committee, according to a statement from Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican Chair of the panel.
McMorris Rodgers also declared that the platform, owned by ByteDance, has knowingly permitted the Chinese Communist Party to access American user data.
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Moreover, the Representative emphasized the need for Americans to understand the impact of these actions on their privacy and data security. TikTok confirmed that Chew will testify on the matter.
Calls for a total ban of TikTok take a fragmented approach to national security and ignore broader industry issues such as data security, privacy, and online harm, the company maintains.
It’s worth noting that the House Committee on Foreign Affairs plans to hold a vote on a bill that prohibits the usage of TikTok in the U.S. due to national security concerns.
The social media platform with more than 100 million users in the United States has been striving for three years to assure the government that the personal data of American citizens cannot be accessed or influenced by China's Communist Party or anyone under Beijing's control.
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