Testifying before the house committee on energy and commerce,
Tik Tok CEO Shou Zi Chew defended the popular social media app over security concerns,
allegations—the Chinese government has access to the personal data of us users.
Our approach has never been to dismiss or trivialize any of these concerns.
We have addressed them with real action.
The CEO made a series of commitments aimed at easing lawmakers concerns.
Number one, we will keep safety particularly for teenagers as a top priority for us.
Number two, we were firewall protected us data from unwanted foreign access.
Number three, Tik Tok will remain a place for free expression and will not be manipulated by any government.
And fourth, we will be transparent and we will give access to third-party independent monitors.
Not good enough for some skeptical members of congress.
If Tik Tok has repeatedly chosen the path for more control, more surveillance,
and more manipulation, your platform should be banned.
The testimony comes as the Biden administration is considering banning Tik Tok
if the privately held Beijing-based parent company byte dance doesn't sell the US version of the app.
Tik Tok is already in the process of being banned on us government-issued devices.
Choose appearance before the committee is part of an all-out effort to save the app in the US.
Earlier this week the CEO released a video recorded in Washington.
Hi everyone it's Chew here, I'm the CEO of Tik Tok.
On where else but Tik Tok emphasizing the positive impact the app has had on US businesses.
That more than 150 million Americans on Tik Tok.
That's almost half of the US coming to Tik Tok to connect, to create, to share, to learn or just to have some fun.
This includes 5 million businesses that use Tik Tok to reach the customers.
And the majority of these a small and medium businesses.
And Tik Tok influencers came to washington to push back against the proposed ban.
I am understand that it may have Chinese origins but this is American people, American employees, American businesses.
While some in congress are in favor of banning Tik Tok,
an emerging block of lawmakers has come out in support of the app.
Tik tok as a platform has created a community and a space for free speech
Critics of the proposed Tik Tok ban say it's part of a broader effort to suppress Chinese businesses.
Data security should not be used by a certain country to abuse the national security concept
and state power to suppress foreign companies.
The US has yet to present evidence that Tik Tok threatens its national security.
Ultimately despite the national security fears, the sheer extent of Tik Tok's popularity
may make it politically unviable to ban the app in the United States.
Jim Spellman CGTN Washington.