U.S. Conference on TikTok Ban


Hayleigh Wing

The TikTok app.

On Thursday TikTok CEO, Shou Chew testified before the house committee. He was then asked a series of questions. During these questions, he was not given the respect needed nor was he able to properly answer their questions due to them interrupting, or asking off-topic questions during his speaking time. The congress was concerned over the app’s potential national security threats and its connections to China. There was also a saying that the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, could be forced to cooperate with the Chinese government. Keep in mind that TikTok does not operate in China and the CEO of the company is Singaporean. The congress members seemed to be fairly aggressive towards Chew, this caught the attention of creators on his app and they instantly mocked them and pointed out their unprofessionalism. Something that came up was the safety of youth in America. The congress wanted Chew to be responsible for the youth and create multiple additions on the app that will keep them “safe”, including a time limit. Doesn’t that sound like a parent’s job? A CEO should not be responsible for the youth in America when parents should be the ones responsible. Grand Junction citizen Kenley Fitch stated, “I’m honestly embarrassed by the questions they asked and the amount of disrespect they threw around.” Chew made it clear to them that TikTok has nothing to do with the Chinese government and protects American information. He even called out FaceBook for all the information it leaked but was ignored. TikTok has 150 million users from the U.S. 5 Million of them are businesses that have grown because of their content on the app.