In March, the CEO of TikTok will appear before the US House of Representatives. The social media giant hopes that this testimony will clear the air regarding the issues they are currently facing. TikTok has been going through some tough times with the US government, hence prompting this testimony.
It is no news that in recent times, TikTok has faced a series of governmental bans from the US government on state and federal levels. The ByteDance-owned social media firm has kicked against these bans by the government. On its part, the US government claims that TikTok is a threat to national security, hence warranting the bans.
TikTok’s CEO is set to face the US House of Representatives panel in March
The CEO of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, has agreed to testify before a panel in the US a few weeks from today. This is coming given the current ban the US is putting on TikTok in various parts of the country. Already, all government-issued smartphones are facing a ban which prevents them from accessing TikTok in the United States.
Various states in the country have also moved to ban the social media app on official government devices as well. This ban is a result of security concerns and the effect the content of these apps has on young ones. TikTok has refuted all allegations labelled against it by the United States government.
The US government claims that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, provides the data of US citizens to the Chinese government. Mr Shou Zi Chew’s testimony in March will aim at proving these accusations false. The panel will thoroughly question Mr Shou Zi Chew during his testimony to find out more about the activities of TikTok in the US.
The outcome of Mr Chew’s testimony in March will determine the future of TikTok in the US. Possibly, with a few regulations on the kind of content displayed, TikTok might recover from the ban. In a few weeks, the fate of the popular social media company’s business in the US will be decided.