Making a statement after the criticism, Shou Zi Chew, CEO of TikTok, said that they never shared user data with China.
China-based social media platform TikTok, which has recently come to the fore with privacy issues, has begun to be banned on government devices by some countries.
It is said that TikTok, which has been very common recently, especially among young people, shares the data with the Chinese government.
In just a few months, many different governments have banned the TikTok app on government devices.
Statement from TikTok CEO
Shou Zi Chew, CEO of TikTok, said that the Chinese short video app, which has more than 150 million American users, will never, ever share user data with the Chinese government.
Adding that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is not owned or controlled by any government or government agency, the CEO emphasized that they are not agents of any country.
The United States Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), a powerful national security agency, unanimously recommended ByteDance to divest TikTok in 2020.
In late 2020, under pressure from then-President Trump, ByteDance negotiated with Walmart and Oracle to divest TikTok’s US assets, but to no avail.