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TikTok faces uncertain future after 5-hour congressional thrashing

By Cat Zakrzewski and Jeff Stein

24 Mar 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

TikTok's CEO faced bipartisan criticism in his first appearance before Congress, as lawmakers accused the app of being a spy tool for China's Communist government. The Post reports.

WASHINGTON - TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew tried to allay mounting national security concerns about the Chinese-owned video app but encountered open hostility Thursday in his first appearance before Congress, a five-hour thrashing that underscored the popular app's precarious future in the United States.

Lawmakers from both parties sought to tie Chew personally to the Chinese Communist Party, frequently interrupted him and called him "evasive." While he pledged to safely steward the data of American users and shield TikTok from foreign manipulation, lawmakers from both parties criticized TikTok, without evidence, as a tool of China's Communist government.

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