WATCH LIVE: TikTok CEO testifies before Congress as lawmakers consider national ban

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., joined at right by Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif., leads a rally to defend TikTok and the app’s supporters, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2023. The House holds a hearing Thursday, with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew about the platform’s consumer privacy and data security practices and impact on kids. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite/AP

WATCH LIVE: TikTok CEO testifies before Congress as lawmakers consider national ban

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TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is set to testify before Congress for the first time on Thursday to answer questions on the app’s data collection policies as lawmakers consider whether to ban the social media platform in the United States.

Chew is expected to highlight the app’s popularity, citing more than 150 million users in the U.S. alone. Chew has actively sought to protect the app’s presence in the U.S., warning users in a video on Tuesday that “politicians have started to talk about banning TikTok,” which could “take TikTok away from all 150 million of you.”

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The CEO’s testimony comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill and President Joe Biden openly consider an outright ban on the Chinese-owned app due to national security concerns. Some Democrats have come out against a ban, arguing such a move is motivated in part by racial bias — noting domestic social media companies have similar data collection policies.

Chew is scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 10 a.m.

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