TikTok CEO Chew testifies about U.S. data privacy concerns and Chinese connections during congressional hearing.
TikTok's data privacy, kid internet restrictions, and Chinese Communist Party affiliations were discussed.
Chew told members that personal data will be protected on U.S. servers in a Chinese government-free zone.
Most committee members doubted. Chew said the app is safe. He added that 150 million U.S. TikTok users were loyal.
Chew said TikTok increased US investments and created thousands of jobs. Millions used it during COVID-19.
Chew denies TikTok's corporate structure makes it beholden to the Chinese government or sharing user information.
TikTok's data collecting and Chinese government access scared Congress. They doubted TikTok's data security.
Chew was asked about TikTok's misinformation and harsh content limits. Members inquired about TikTok's solutions.
Chew said TikTok is strengthening content control and protecting data privacy. He said the software prioritizes safety and fun.
The hearing comes as the U.S. considers banning TikTok on national security and data privacy concerns.