TikTok’s CEO eluded the spotlight. Now, a looming ban means he can’t avoid it

  • March 22, 2023
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The typically low-key Shou Zi Chew faces his biggest test yet as he testifies before Congress over China influence concerns

Shou Zi Chew is not a prolific TikToker. The 40-year-old CEO of the Chinese-owned app has just 23 posts and 17,000 followers to his name – paltry by his own platform’s standards.

Chew’s profile sees him attending football games, visiting Paris and London, trying Nashville hot chicken, or boating on a lake, often with generic captions. (“Love the outdoors!”). Users have noticed: “Bro the TikTok ceo with 41 likes,” one person commented on his video of the outdoors. “Shout out to this small creator,” another wrote.

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