TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before Congress on Thursday, with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee raising their concerns about how much access the Chinese government has to user data, as well as how much influence the Chinese Communist Party has over it.
Why it matters
TikTok is facing a complete ban in the US over fears that China is using the app as a covert tool for spying and spreading propaganda. With more than 150 million TikTok users in the US, many will be following Thursday’s proceedings closely to see if Biden’s administration follows India by banning TikTok.
What the papers say
The Guardian, Euronews, The Independent, Reuters
How we got here
TikTok has consistently denied allegations that it is a national security risk, but the app has been banned from government and military-issued devices in the US and other countries. Some countries, like India, have even issued a nationwide ban of TikTok and dozens of other Chinese apps as a result of national security worries.
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