TikTok CEO Responds to Security Concerns in US Congressional Testimony

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Silas Fletcher
31 Jan 2023
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TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, has been the subject of increasing security concerns due to its Chinese parent company, ByteDance. In response, the CEO of ByteDance, Shou Zi Chew, testified before the US Congress in March 2021 to address these concerns. 

Chew assured Congress that user data is not shared with the Chinese government and that the company is fully compliant with US laws. He also highlighted the investments that ByteDance has made to protect user privacy and safety on the platform, including a $1 billion investment to improve content moderation and user safety. 

Chew also addressed concerns about censorship, stating that the company does not censor content based on political views or other sensitive topics. He explained that all content is subject to the same rules, regardless of its origin or viewpoint. He also noted that the company is committed to diversity and inclusion and has implemented measures to ensure that everyone can express themselves freely and safely on the app. 

Chew also discussed the company's efforts to combat misinformation, noting that they have implemented a series of measures such as flagging false information and providing additional context when content is flagged. He also highlighted the company's efforts to work with fact-checkers and experts in order to ensure accuracy and reliability on the platform. 

Chew's testimony was a crucial step in addressing the security concerns surrounding TikTok. His assurances that the company is compliant with US laws and is taking steps to protect user privacy and safety, as well as combatting misinformation, were reassuring to the members of Congress present. It remains to be seen if the company will be able to assuage the concerns of US legislators in the future.

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