CEO of TikTok will testify before the US Congress on security issues
In March, the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew as legislators examine the Chinese-owned video-sharing app.
Chew will give testimony before the committee on March 23, which will be his first appearance before a legislative committee, according to a statement released on Monday by Republican panel head Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
The information comes as the House Foreign Affairs Committee prepares to vote on a measure next month that would prohibit the use of TikTok in the US due to security concerns.
McMorris Rodgers stated, “Americans deserve to know how these activities harm their privacy and data security. ByteDance-owned TikTok has deliberately permitted the Chinese Communist Party to access American user data.
Monday’s TikTok confirmation Chew will give evidence.
Calls for a complete ban on TikTok, according to the company, “take a piecemeal approach to national security and a piecemeal approach to broad industry concerns like data security, privacy, and online hazards,” TikTok stated on Friday.
Republican congressmen like McMorris Rodgers have pressed TikTok for further details. In light of worries over hazardous content, they want to know how it affects young people and more information on any possible sexual exploitation of children on the site, according to the statement.
TikTok, which has more than 100 million U.S. users, has been attempting for three years to reassure Washington that the personal information of American people cannot be accessible by the Chinese Communist Party or anyone else under the control of Beijing and that its content cannot be altered.
Due to concerns that U.S. user data would be given to China’s government, the strong national security committee known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) ordered ByteDance to sell its TikTok shares in 2020.
Since more than two years ago, CFIUS and TikTok have been negotiating to strike a national security agreement to safeguard the data of American TikTok users.
(Editing by Ed Osmond, Alison Williams, and Lisa Shumaker; reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru and David Shepardson in Washington.)