Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Thune, R-S.D., who have authored legislation that could be used to ban TikTok, said Chew’s testimony did not address their concerns about the app’s ties to China.
“Under PRC law, all Chinese companies, including TikTok, whose parent company is based in Beijing, are ultimately required to do the bidding of Chinese intelligence services, should they be called upon to do so. Nothing we heard from Mr. Chew today assuaged those concerns,” they said in a joint statement.
“We are encouraged by the quick momentum and strong bipartisan support for our legislation and expect that it will only grow following today’s testimony,” the senators added. The White House has indicated it backs the bill, known as the RESTRICT Act.