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TikTok CEO’s testimony went viral

March 24, 2023
Hello, Insiders. This is Shona Ghosh, the deputy executive editor for Insider in the UK. Today, I’m thinking about the future of humans.

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TikTok in Congress

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Wall Street says that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew had a “disaster” day in Congress — but the internet is loving him.

Chew testified in front of Congress on Thursday, as calls for a forced sale of its US business or a nationwide ban gain momentum.

The hearing quickly devolved into a bloodbath of “yes or no” questions from politicians on both sides of the aisle, several of whom appeared uninterested in hearing full responses from the executive.

An analyst with Wedbush wrote that the testimony was a “disaster” moment for TikTok. But snippets from the testimony went viral, with people mocking the proceedings and saying that lawmakers don’t know the app well enough to litigate it. And soon, Chew had the internet eating out of his hand.


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This edition was edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Dave Smith, Nathan Rennolds, Jack Robert Stacey, and Shona Ghosh. Get in touch:

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