TikTok scrambled Thursday to delete a user account that belonged to an individual whose TikTok was used in a Congressional hearing minutes earlier.
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee amid pressure for TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to sell the platform.
Florida Republican Rep. Kat Cammack, during her time, argued that the Chinese Communist party’s “ties to TikTok are more than just a national security threat – they’re a threat to every single American. In fact, the entire @HouseCommerce Committee was threatened with violence by a TikTok user just WEEKS ago. Every American should be frightened by this app.”
The CCP’s ties to TikTok are more than just a national security threat—they’re a threat to every single American. In fact, the entire @HouseCommerce Committee was threatened with violence by a TikTok user just WEEKS ago.
Every American should be frightened by this app. pic.twitter.com/CtwmQaSmEv
— Rep. Cammack Press Office (@RepKatCammack) March 23, 2023
Cammack then played a video uploaded by a user known as “user62013318258” that was captioned “Me asf at the, House Energy and Commerce Committee on 03/23/2023” and showed a cartridge feed, implying a shooting. (RELATED: Rep. Gary Palmer Calls Out Smirking TikTok Lobbyist Sitting Directly Behind CEO)
“Mr. Chew, that video was posted 41 days ago … this video was posted before this hearing was publicly noticed, I think that’s a very interesting point to raise, but more concerning is the fact that it names this chairwoman by name. Your own community guidelines state that you have a ‘firm stance against enabling violence on or off TikTok. We do not allow people to use our platform to threaten or incite violence.'”
“This video has been up for 41 days, it’s a direct threat to the chairwoman of this committee, the people of this room and yet it still remains on the platform,” she continued. “And you expect us to believe that you are capable of maintaining the data security privacy of 150 million Americans when you can’t even protect the people in this room?”
Shortly after Cammack’s speech, the user was removed off TikTok.
TikTok quickly banned the account whose problematic video was just shown during the Congressional hearing: pic.twitter.com/A8ovytDIyS
— J.D. Capelouto (@jdcapelouto) March 23, 2023