Note: This is a guest post written by Emma Crameri – The TikTok community has come out fighting strongly against the ban and censorship threats from members of the US congress.
At the hearing, TikTok’s CEO, Mr Shou Chew endured some trying questions. It was clear that some of the politicians didn’t use social media platforms, or understood how they worked.
After the grilling, TikTok CEO, Mr Shou Chew appeared on TikTok to thank his followers for all their positive comments and support. He said, “TikTok is all about conversations and community.”
Mr Chew had publicly made the following commitments:
- We will continue to keep safety, especially for teenagers, a top priority
- We will continue to protect your data form unauthorised foreign access. The United States, American data will be stored on American soil, by an American company, overseen by American personnel
- We will ensure that TikTok remains a platforms for free expression and that it cannot be manipulated by ANY government.
- We will be transparent, and give access to third party independent monitors to keep us accountable for our commitments
TikTok Security Safeguards
Over the last two years, TikTok has invested $1.5 billion in setting up TikTok US Data Security. The company has been building a comprehensive framework to isolate protected US user data.
They recently launched the U.S. Data Security (USDS) site aimed at providing transparency into their commitments and answering common questions around our efforts to safeguard data.
TikTok User Statistics
Did you know that TikTok has:
- Over a billion users worldwide
- 150 million Americans who love and use their platform
- 5 million businesses, including many small and medium businesses
- Almost 7,000 employees in the United States
- TikTok is not available in mainland China.
- TikTok currently has headquarteres in Los Angeles and Singapore.
The TikTok community came out in full support of the app and the company. Many TikTok users posted videos in response to the congress appearance.
Real Americans want action on home ownership, universal health care, mental health care, gun control, the cost of prescription medication, and more. The majority of them do not want their social media platforms banned or heavily censored.