And what will become of Tiktok now?
Shou chew once did an internship at Facebook made. It was the summer of 2009 and he was studying at Harvard University. At the time, he probably wouldn’t have thought that one day he would lead the American internet company’s fiercest competitor. Since 2021 he has been CEO of Tiktok, the video app belonging to the Chinese Bytedance group, whose triumph is considered a major reason for the current turbulence at Facebook’s parent company Meta.
On Thursday, the 40-year-old Tiktok boss experienced one of the most difficult moments in his meteoric career. He testified in a testimony before Congress in Washington, with nothing less than Tiktok’s existence in the US at stake. The US government is threatening to ban the app unless the Chinese owners sell their shares.
Why are politicians from both parties in Washington so alarmed? What is really threatening the app? What lessons can Europe learn? And why is this ministry so incredibly successful among young people? We talk about all of that in this episode.