TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew has agreed to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23 to testify on the company’s consumer privacy and data security practices, according to a statement released today by a Congressional panel.
He also will be asked about TikTok’s impact on children and its relationship with the the government of the People’s Republic of China.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who chairs the committee said Big Tech has increasingly become a destructive force in American society.
She noted that “ByteDance-owned TikTok has knowingly allowed the ability for the Chinese Communist Party to access American user data.”
Rodgers said the committee has expressed its concerns to TikTok. “It is now time to continue the committee’s efforts to hold Big Tech accountable by bringing TikTok before the committee to provide complete and honest answers for people.”
The hearing will mark the first time that Chew has testified before Congress.
Feb. 1, 2023, by JOE HONICK
t is this narrow minded noodling that will end up causing more trouble than it will fix. It's as if we are looking for ways to cause trouble instead of negotiating ways and means less publicly to let those with whom we disagree know we understand some potential concerns. They know as well we have the same kinds of investments in intelligence efforts about their stuff and would be foolish if we didn't. Worse, an American general today publicly asserted we will be at war with China by 2025! He did not do us or them any favors, and all our public rumbling in this manner makes us look frankly stupid. We have one proxy war going right now and do not need and cannot afford to do these kinds of public tap dances that don't frighten anyone , certainly not the Chinese.