Key takeaways from TikTok hearing in Congress – and the uncertain road ahead

  • March 23, 2023
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Lawmakers grilled the social media app’s CEO over its relationship with China and protections for young users

The first appearance in Congress for TikTok’s CEO Shou Zi Chew stretched more than five hours, with contentious questioning targeting the app’s relationship with China and protections for its youngest users.

Chew’s appearance comes at a pivotal time for TikTok, which is facing bipartisan fire after experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. The company is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, raising concerns about China’s influence over the app – criticisms Chew repeatedly tried to resist throughout the hearing.

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