TikTok CEO testimonial on Capitol Hill updates:
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., asked a series of questions about the spread of misinformation on TikTok, citing a viral post in 2021 that incorrectly told viewers how to make the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine from grapefruit and lemon zest.
“What is TikTok doing to try to strengthen its review to prevent this information from getting to people?” DeGette asked.
Chew said the misinformation violated TikTok’s rules, but acknowledged the app failed to remove all fake posts. “I don’t think we can sit here and say we’re perfect,” he said.
“We invest a significant amount of money in our content moderation work,” Chew said.
DeGette later said, “I’m going to arrest you right now. I asked you specifically how you were trying to increase your scrutiny of this, and you only gave me general statements that you’re investing, that you’re concerned, that you’re doing more.
“That’s not enough for me,” she added. “It’s not enough for the parents of America.”