TikTok CEO Shou Chew faced questioning by members of Congress on Thursday as lawmakers try to decide what the platform’s future holds in the U.S.
TikTok reports it has more than 150 million users in the U.S., meaning a potential ban would affect many Americans.
In recent weeks, President Joe Biden signaled support for bipartisan legislation that would give him the authority to ban social media apps that are deemed a national security threat.
The FBI had previously determined that TikTok could be a potential national security concern over its ties to the Chinese Communist Party — ties that TikTok executives say are way overblown.
In prepared remarks to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Chew told lawmakers that TikTok takes security seriously.
“We collect a limited amount of information when people set up an account, such as date of birth and username,” Chew said. “Depending on how the individual signs up, we …