Growing mistrust of TikTok around the world and the threat of a possible ban in the U.S. have drawn attention to the popular social network’s enigmatic chief executive officer, Shao Ziqiu, who on Thursday testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee. Faced with sharp questions from the committee.
The CEO of Tik Tok said that Tik Tok works like the rest of the industry in obtaining information from users, but he told the US committee that the record of US companies in protecting user information is not good. .
It should be noted that in this committee, he also encountered an American congressman who said that “I believe that Tik Tok is a spy in the pocket of Americans who cannot be trusted.”Little is known about the extent of Shao’s influence within the TikTok company
Until now, TikTok’s COO Vanessa Pappas has been the company’s public face, having been subpoenaed by the US Congress last year on information access and China transfers.
In September last year, the American newspaper New York Times wrote, citing former employees of Tik Tok and ByteDance, that Shao has limited powers and the real power in the company lies with Zhan Yiming, the founder of ByteDance.
What do we know about Shao Ziqiu?
The TikTok app is making Shao its public face at a time when the company is facing questions and criticism in various parts of the world over its ties to the Chinese government.
In June last year, Shao claimed in a letter to US lawmakers that Tik Tok operates independently of ByteDance and pointed out that he himself is not a Chinese citizen but a resident of Singapore and that Singapore I live.
Born in Singapore, Shao received his early education in a Chinese school and is fluent in English and Chinese.
During his compulsory military service in Singapore, he rose to the rank of an officer in the country’s army.
He then obtained a degree in economics from University College London in the United Kingdom and then attended Harvard Business School in the United States where he completed his MBA.
After graduation, he worked at Facebook for a while during the early days of the social media platform.
According to media reports, he worked at investment firm DST for five years where he led a team that invested in ByteDance in 2013.
Shaw also worked as a banker at Goldman Sachs for two years.
Shao was chief financial officer and president of international business at Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi. In 2018, he played an important role in Xiaomi’s IPO.
Shaw joined Byte Dance in March 2021 and became the first Chief Financial Officer
Just two months later, he was made CEO of TikTok when Kevin Mayer resigned from the position.
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