TIKTOK CEO DEFENDS APP IN FRONT OF HOSTILE US HEARING

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The future of one of the US’s most popular apps could be shaped by a hearing under way in Washington.

TikTok’s boss Shou Zi Chew is being questioned by US lawmakers over the safety of the social media app.

Committee chair Cathy Rodgers says the Chinese-owned app should be banned due to security concerns over user data privacy.

TikTok is a weapon of the Chinese Communist Party, she says, and it doesn’t embrace US values.

But Chew in his opening remarks says all data is safely stored in the US and teenage users are protected.

US President Joe Biden has called for an outright ban or for the US part of the company to be sold to a domestic buyer. The app has grown rapidly in the US where it has 150 million monthly users