Tech reporter and Los Angeles Times go to bat for TikTok

Testifying before Congress on Thursday, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew managed something we rarely see on Capitol Hill these days. Namely, an almost unanimous, united front against his company. Both Democrats and Republicans spent most of Thursday hammering away at Chew. A rare voice of support came from Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), who gathered with a few protesters to declare any possible ban on TikTok “racist”. Oh, and because Republicans “had no swag.”

Not so in the committee room. Responding to questions on privacy, security, data leakage, Chinese Communist Party access to data, and related surveillance capabilities, Chew had no good answers. It was thus left to journalists and various media outlets to go to bat for Chew.

Washington Post technology reporter Drew Harwell was the most outspoken on behalf of TikTok. It’s an app that the Washington Post utilizes to churn
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