TikTok is flying out a group of its popular users, known as influencers, to Washington DC to push back against efforts to ban the app in the US. The company will pay the costs incurred by influencers travelling to the US capital. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is also scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on 27 May. US President Joe Biden’s administration is currently considering whether or not to issue a comprehensive ban on the app, following similar proposals by the previous administration. The US Department of Justice is said to be investigating ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, for spying on American citizens, including journalists that cover the technology sector. The White House recently expressed support for a bill that could potentially ban TikTok in the US. ByteDance has attempted to prevent such action by hiring public relations and lobbying professionals, including the political consulting firm SKDK.
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