TikTok’s CEO will testify before Congress in March

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify at an upcoming hearing before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, a spokesman for the committee confirmed to CNN on Monday. Chew will be the only witness at the March 23 hearing.

The CEO is expected to testify about TikTok’s privacy and data security practices, its impact on young users and its “relationship with the Chinese Communist Party“, it is stated in the announcement of the hearing published on the website of the commission.

We make our concerns about TikTok clear“, the chair of the committee, Republican representative from Washington Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said in a statement. “Now is the time to continue the board’s efforts to hold Big Tech accountable by bringing TikTok before the board to give the people full and honest answers.

The congressional hearing underscores the growing political risk for TikTok as its talks with the US government on a national security deal continue to drag on. US officials have expressed concern that China could use its laws to pressure TikTok or its parent company, ByteDance, to hand over user data from the country that could be used for intelligence or disinformation purposes. These concerns have prompted the US government to ban TikTok on official devices, and more than half of US states have taken similar measures, according to a CNN analysis.

Chew, who took over as TikTok’s CEO in April 2021, stayed out of the spotlight until the situation became unavoidable. Members of Congress previously questioned TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas, the company’s public face in the United States, during a Senate hearing last year.

This article was used as a source of writing Brian Fung to the website CNN Business.

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