This time TikTok is not viral for any video, rather it is in the news due to its CEO Shou Zi Chew who testified before Congress on Thursday.
Many conversations are happening among Democrats and Republicans to ban TikTok in the US. The danger is due to the Chinese linkage of the app through its parent company ByteDance. The fear is that the app is misusing the personal data of US citizens. The app is already banned for military and civil officers in many states of the US.
Despite this threat, the monthly 150 million US citizens who use the app do not want a ban. Considering the amount of entertainment and money this app is now gathering for users all over the world, people do not want to imagine their lives without it.
On Thursday, the CEO of TikTok Shou Zi Chew appeared before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to testify in favor of TikTok. However, both democrats and republicans were already against the app and the whole fiasco was a ‘disaster moment’ for TikTok.
But not on the internet. Despite what went down in Congress, netizens are supporting the TikTok CEO wholeheartedly on social media sites. The general idea is that lawmakers are not aware of the app and are wrong to consider it a danger.
Additionally, people are mesmerized by the CEO because despite the rude and condescending behavior that was coming his way in congress he remained calm and composed. Moreover, he is among the few CEOs who are not white men, which is bringing him more respect and support.
More about the TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew in congress
Since the showdown in Congress, many are wondering who Shou Zi Chew is. So Shou was born in Singapore. He did his MBA from Harvard and then went on to intern with Facebook and a Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi and ByteDance.
He became the CEO of TikTok in 2021. Before appearing in Congress, TikTok shared a brief introduction of Shou on the app and gave a background of why he will be testifying in Congress.