Ahead of the congress hearing, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew has taken to the platform to share updates on the issues his company faces. This is in light of the US’s threats to ban the video-sharing platform in its region. These are really hard times for TikTok as they fight to clear their name of the mud and save their business in the US.
Recently, the video-sharing platform has come under various accusations from members of the US parliament. They accuse the platform of having ties with the Chinese government, labelling them a security threat. Already, the app has been banned on government-issued devices in various states around the country.
The US government is now moving to ban the video-sharing platform in the country. TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is under pressure to sell the company and evade the US ban. A court hearing on this case will take place on the 23rd of March and the TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew seems to be ready.
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew beckons on US citizens using the video-sharing platform ahead of the hearing
As the hearing date draws closer, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew has proceeded to appeal to users in the US. To do this, TikTok posted a video on its official channel that highlights certain facts. This video aims to gather support from US citizens in the fight against the ban.
In the one-minute-long video, Shou highlights how TikTok is put to use by millions of US citizens. He also points out that he is in Washington, D.C. ahead of the hearing, where he will defend his company. Prepping up for the hearing, he now beckons to US citizens using TikTok, highlighting how this platform helps them.
In the video, Shou points out that over 150 million people use TikTok monthly. Making up this huge number are over 5 million businesses that use the platform to promote their products and services. Shou goes on to point out that “the majority of these are small and medium businesses.”
Additionally, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew points out that his company has over 7000 employees in the US alone. By highlighting these facts, Shou aims to bring to mind all that is at stake to not only his business but also millions of users around the country. If the usage of this video-sharing platform gets forbidden by law in the US, lots of businesses will fall apart.
Over 5 million small and medium businesses will lose a core publicity tool for their products and services. Additionally, over 7000 people will also lose their jobs in an uncertain economy. Lastly, a whopping 150 million US citizens will also lose a platform that brings smiles to their faces.
These might be points that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will highlight during the hearing. This will bring to light what millions of US citizens will lose if the platform is banned. More details on the hearing will roll out in the coming days.