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TikTok – Should We Worry About What’s Behind All Those Dancing Cats?

Was Live Friday, Apr 14, 2023 | 11 am PT

Guest Speakers:

  • Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-author of the RESTRICT bill
  • John Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC
  • Kate Ruane, PEN America‚Äôs Director of US Free Expression Programs

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Event Overview

More than 150 million Americans regularly log on to the app TikTok to watch and upload short videos of precocious pets, grandmas lip-syncing and dancing to the classics, daredevil stunts and more. Media houses are increasingly using the platform to engage with younger audiences.

A recent Pew Research Center study finds that almost 25 percent of young users use TikTok as their sole source of news. But amid the merriment are privacy concerns surrounding the app, owned by the Beijing-based tech company ByteDance.


Speakers this week will discuss a bill seeking to ban TikTok in the U.S., whether such a ban would violate freedom of speech, and also how the debate over the app possibly feeds into a broader anti-China narrative on both sides of the aisle. Reporters, please come armed with questions for our distinguished group of speakers.

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