TikTok’s CEO eluded the spotlight. Now, a looming ban means he can’t avoid it

Posted on AllSides March 22nd, 2023
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Technology, TikTok, Ban, Data Privacy
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Shou Zi Chew is not a prolific TikToker. The 40-year-old CEO of the Chinese-owned app has just 23 posts and 17,000 followers to his name – paltry by his own platform’s standards.

Chew’s profile sees him attending football games, visiting Paris and London, trying Nashville hot chicken, or boating on a lake, often with generic captions. (“Love the outdoors!”) Users have noticed: “Bro the TikTok ceo with 41 likes,” one person commented on his video of the outdoors. “Shout out to this small creator,” another wrote.

Suffice to say, Chew is not an influencer. But his influence over...

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