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TikTok is D.C.'s new boogeyman. Can Silicon Valley's tactics save it?

By Cat Zakrzewski and Cristiano Lima

22 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

With just a day to go before TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew faces the U.S. Congress, The Washington Post chronicles how TikTok has been using lobbying tactics of Big Tech players, to shape its narrative.

TikTok's reputation in Washington as a danger to the American public has been building for years, buoyed by lawmakers who have fixated on the foreign-owned app in response to concerns about the rise of China and the harmful effects of social media on children.

Its American tech competitors have fanned these allegations, shifting political scrutiny away from their own practices.

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