Shou Zi Chew, CEO of TikTok, will appear before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce on March 23 to testify about the safety of US users of the social network.
In a statement published last Monday (30), the committee announced the presence of the manager of the social network. He is expected to speak before Congress about the company’s data security practices, TikTok’s impact on children and the platform’s relationship with the Communist Party of China.
According to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, this is one of the committee’s extra efforts to get big techs to clarify the practices. Other executives of tech giants that own social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, have also been called to testify.
“TikTok, owned by ByteDance, knowingly allowed the Chinese Communist Party to access US user data. Americans deserve to know how these actions affect their privacy and data security, as well as what actions TikTok is taking to protect our children from harm online and offline. We cleared up our concerns with TikTok. Now is the time to continue the committee’s efforts to hold Big Tech accountable by bringing TikTok before the committee to provide complete and honest answers to the people.”
TikTok has confirmed that the CEO will testify in March and believes this will be an opportunity to clarify the company’s commitments regarding US national security.
However, the company disagrees with Rodgers’ claims, stating that “TikTok has not made US user data available to the Chinese Communist Party. The Communist Party of China has neither direct nor indirect control of ByteDance or TikTok.”
The announcement comes as the US House Foreign Relations Committee prepares to vote on a bill that aims to ban TikTok from US territory, as reported by Reuters.
Another US body concerned about the social network is the Foreign Investment Committee (CFIUS), which has been trying to reach an agreement with TikTok since 2021 to ensure that the social network is safe for US users.
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