TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew has presented pre-prepared testimony to the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce ahead of a potential ban of the popular social media app in the US.
Shou Zi Chew argued that a ban would harm local businesses and highlighted the benefits that TikTok brings to the US, including exposure to American culture and creators.
Shou Zi Chew also addressed concerns about data privacy and security, noting that TikTok is undertaking an initiative called ‘Project Texas,’ which will keep all US user data in US-based servers, ensuring it is not accessible by Chinese staff.
Shou Zi Chew pledged that TikTok would not share US user data with Chinese officials and condemned any misconduct by its staff.
The CEO stated that a full ban on TikTok would not solve the issues or concerns but would impact US users.
It remains to be seen whether Shou Zi Chew’s arguments will convince US lawmakers to allow TikTok to continue to operate with the stipulated provisos.