An Alabama congressman who grilled TikTok’s CEO on the Chinese government’s influence on the social media company Thursday accused Shou Zi Chew of implementing the same “deception” used by China.
Representative Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that held Thursday’s hearing featuring TikTok’s CEO, asked Chew whether anyone at the Chinese social media company raised concerns about the Chinese government’s stake in Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company.
There are bipartisan concerns about TikTok’s privacy and data collection practices. In December, Governor Kay Ivey banned TikTok on all Alabama state government devices and networks.
Palmer wanted to know if anyone at TikTok was worried about Beijing’s control of the social media app’s content, including using the platform to launch misinformation campaigns, ensuring no content on TikTok reflects badly on China and the government using the app for surveillance or data collection.
The Alabama congressman suggested Chew evaded his question when the TikTok CEO answered by saying the company doesn’t remove or promote content on behalf of the Chinese government.
“Deception is fundamental to the Chinese Communist Party’s political, intelligence and military strategy,” Palmer continued. And you have repeatedly used the word ‘transparency’ throughout this hearing. And every time you’ve said it, what I’ve heard is ‘deception.’”
After Chew said TikTok screens for child predators and drug cartels on the site, Palmer questioned why the company did not ban a drug cartel’s video of Spanish police pursuing the cartel that garnered 1 million views.
“Are you doing that with terrorists or human traffickers?” Palmer asked.
The congressman also probed Chew on why Michael Beckerman, the company’s head of public policy for the Americas, did not condemn Beijing’s treatment of Ughyur Muslims, which is characterized as genocide by the United States.
“Are you scared of the Chinese communist government?” Palmer asked.
© 2023 Advance Local Media LLC
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Click this link for the original source of this article.
Author: Howard Koplowitz – Alabama Media Group
This content is courtesy of, and owned and copyrighted by, https://americanmilitarynews.com and its author. This content is made available by use of the public RSS feed offered by the host site and is used for educational purposes only. If you are the author or represent the host site and would like this content removed now and in the future, please contact USSANews.com using the email address in the Contact page found in the website menu.