Isreal-Palestine: TikTok boss to meet EU chiefs over misinformation

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 23, 2023 in Washington, DC. The hearing was a rare opportunity for lawmakers to question the leader of the short-form social media video app about the company's relationship with its Chinese owner, ByteDance, and how they handle users' sensitive personal data. Some local, state, and federal government agencies have been banning the use of TikTok by employees, citing concerns about national security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

TikTok announced on Friday that its CEO, Shou Zi Chew, will meet with EU antitrust director Didier Reynders, EU digital leader Vera Jourova, and EU industry chief Thierry Breton in Brussels next week.

Chew’s second travel to Brussels coincides with increased regulatory scrutiny of TikTok’s involvement in spreading misinformation in the wake of the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and Hamas’ attack on Israel last month.

According to a TikTok representative, Chew will meet Breton on November 6 and Jourova and Reynders on November 7.

He will provide the commissioners with an update on the company’s data security policy known as Project Clover, which began locally storing user data from European users this year.

The company is developing two more data centres in Ireland and Norway in addition to its existing one in Dublin, Ireland.

Chew will also advise them on the company’s adherence to the Digital Services Act, new EU regulations governing online material that force Big Tech to take more proactive measures to block dangerous and unlawful content from appearing on their platforms, the spokesperson added.

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