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Congress skeptical as TikTok CEO tries to downplay security concerns over app

By A.L. Lee

March 23 (UPI) — TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew got a cold reception on Capitol Hill Thursday as the tech executive received bipartisan questioning about the video platform’s ability to protect U.S. consumer information from ending up in the hands of Chinese leaders.

Chew tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to persuade members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that personal information will be protected on U.S. servers located in the country where Chinese officials will not have access to them. Most committee members, though, were not convinced.

“To the American people watching today, hear this: TikTok is a weapon by the Chinese Communist Party to spy on you, manipulate what you see, and exploit for future generations,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., according to CNN.

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