The US is Considering a Complete TikTok Ban: CEO Will Soon Testify Before the US Congress

The US is Considering a Complete TikTok Ban: CEO Will Soon Testify Before the US Congress

The United States is considering a complete ban on TikTok. This afternoon, therefore, the CEO of the Chinese social media company will be heard in the US House of Representatives.

He will have to defend himself against concerns that the Chinese government is misusing the data of American users of the popular app, thereby undermining the national security of the United States.

In the United States, it is being considered to force TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to sell TikTok. The country is concerned about the Chinese government’s possible control over the application.

The CEO of TikTok will testify before a committee of the US House of Representatives. Earlier this week, he already addressed the American users of TikTok in a video to ask them about positive experiences with TikTok, which he can tell later. America has an estimated 150 million accounts.

ByteDance was started in Beijing in 2012 by Chinese entrepreneurs. They have since launched several applications, including the video editing software CapCut, the news website Toutiao and the video platforms Douyin, and the immensely popular TikTok.

TikTok and Douyin have almost the same functionality but a different target audience. Douyin is used within China, and TikTok in other countries. Both applications use separate servers and contain different videos.

The United States fears two things in particular. First is the link of the parent company ByteDance with the Chinese government. That link could misuse the data of American users. ByteDance has, among other things, according to a recent Australian report, an internal council whose chairman is also party secretary in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The US is also questioning the algorithm on the popular ‘For You’ page. In this way, according to Americans, China could influence public opinion and culture through the content offered by the algorithm.

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