TikTok CEO Shou Chew’s Testimony Regarding TikTok’s Privacy & Data Security Practices
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The head of social media app TikTok is expected to give evidence to the US Congress on Thursday over security concerns. Shou Zi Chew is likely to face questions on TikTok’s relationship with the Chinese state, what data it collects and what it does with it. He’ll also be quizzed on why several journalists were spied on by ByteDance employees – something TikTok has already admitted. Mr Chew will say user data is safe – away from the reach of the Chinese government, in the video published on March 23, 2023, by BBC News, as “TikTok boss Shou Zi Chew to face questions at US Congress – BBC News“, below:
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew touts the app’s safety for teenagers and vows more stringent security for U.S. user data in opening statement at a hearing over concerns about the app’s privacy, in the video published on March 23, 2023, by ABC News, as “TikTok CEO Shou Chew makes opening remarks before House lawmakers during hearing on privacy concerns“, below:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., asked TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew during a House committee hearing Thursday if the app uses moderation tools to remove or censor content that would go against the Chinese Communist Party. She asked specifically about whether the platform removed or censored content associated with the Uighurs or the Tianamen Square massacre. “We do not remove that kind of content,” Chew said. “TikTok is place for freedom of expression.” Rodgers also asked Chew to verify “with 100% certainty” that the Chinese Communist Party cannot use his company to “promote pro-CCP messages for an act of aggression against Taiwan.” “It is our commitment to this committee and all our users that we will keep this free from any manipulation from any government,” Chew said. The representative also referenced a case of TikTok surveilling an American journalist, and asked Chew to confirm that neither ByteDance nor TikTok employees can surveil Americans with similar techniques. “We will protect the U.S. user data and [protect] it all from unwanted foreign access,” Chew said, in the video published on March 23, 2023, by PBS NewsHour, as “WATCH: Rep. Rodgers grills TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew on censoring content, surveillance of journalists“, below:
TikTok CEO Shou Chew will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about TikTok’s consumer privacy and data security practices, the platforms’ impact on kids, as well as its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, in the video published on March 23, 2023, by CNBC Television, as “LIVE: TikTok CEO Shou Chew testifies about the app’s privacy and data security practices – 3/23/23“, below:
Join Washington Post reporters as TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearing comes as the Biden administration increases pressure on TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, to sell off the video-sharing platform. In his first appearance before Congress, the TikTok CEO is expected to face questions about the company’s links to China and potential online harms to young people. TikTok has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the seven years since its inception, becoming the most downloaded app in the United States in 2022. Critics argue that TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, makes the app a national security threat, potentially allowing it to share data about its American users or steer its algorithms at Beijing’s behest. Libby Casey will anchor live coverage, along with James Hohmann, in The Post’s newsroom. Rhonda Colvin will be live on Capitol Hill, and Post technology columnists Geoffrey Fowler and Taylor Lorenz will provide insight and analysis, in the video published on March 23, 2023, by Washington Post, as “WATCH LIVE | TikTok CEO testifies before Congress“, below:
If you are so interested in this topic that you’re willing to sit through more than 5 hours of viewing (actual hearing starts at 2:40:05 of the video below), here is the complete TikTok’s Chief Executive Officer Shou Zi Chew testimony before Congress about teen safety, impact on mental health, data protection policies and whether the app’s ownership by a Chinese tech company is a national security risk, in the video published on March 23, 2023, by TIME, as “TikTok CEO Testifies Before the House Energy and Commerce Committee“, below:
For more about Shou Chew or Chew Shou Zi, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Chew Shou Zi (born 1 January 1983) is a Singaporean businessman and entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of social networking company TikTok.
Chew was born on 1 January 1983 in Singapore. He was born into a working class family, with a father who worked in construction while his mother was a bookkeeper.
Chew went to secondary school at Hwa Chong Institution at Bukit Timah. During his stint in National Service (NS), he served as a officer for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
After his military service, he studied at University College London (UCL) and graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (BEc) in 2006. He subsequently received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2010. During this time, Chew had a summer internship at Facebook. Chew is fluent in English, Mandarin and Malay.
Chew worked for two years as a banker at Goldman Sachs‘ office in London, United Kingdom and then joined venture capital firm DST Global. At DST Global, Chew led a team which were early investors in ByteDance in 2013.
In 2015, Chew joined smartphone giant Xiaomi as its CFO. He would later become Xiaomi’s international business president in 2019.
In March 2021, Chew joined ByteDance as its CFO. He replaced former CEO Kevin A. Mayer, who left the company after only 3 months in the role as CEO.
Chew met Taiwanese American Vivian Kao while studying at Harvard Business School in 2008. They would later get married and have two children.
While Chew has a Twitter account, he does not tweet, and he also has a verified Instagram account that currently has zero posts. Most of his posts on TikTok are clips of his visits to various TikTok offices. Chew has said that he likes to golf and read books on theoretical physics during his spare time.
How did TikTok become the app that every other company is chasing? Where will the social media company go next? TikTok C.E.O. Shou Chew discussed at the 2022 DealBook summit with Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times, in the video published on Nov 30, 2022, by New York Times Events, as “TikTok C.E.O. Shou Chew on China, the Algorithm and More“, below:
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