Was TikTok CEO Chew Shou Zi denied recess, and asked to stay back by the arrogant US Congress?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : TikTok CEO Denied Recess At US Congress Hearing!
People are sharing a video of TikTok CEO Chew Shou Zi looking puzzled at being denied a recess during the US congressional hearing. Instead, he asked to stay back and reflect on his answers by the arrogant US Congress!
The video has the title, “Everyone take a break instead of Mr. Chow“, and here is a transcript of the video:
The video is being actively shared in pro-CCP groups and by pro-CCP netizens, with comments like:
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Did the arrogant US congress ask everyone to take a break except for TikTok CEO?! 😳
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) April 4, 2023
Truth : TikTok CEO Was Not Denied Recess At US Congress Hearing!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) or pro-CCP netizens and groups, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : TikTok CEO Is Chew Shou Zi
First, let me just clarify that TikTok CEO’s name is Chew Shou Zi. So he goes by Mr. Chew, not Mr. Chow or Mr. Cho.
Fact #2 : The Video Has Fake Voice-Over
The viral video has a fake voice-over, and was created by TikTok creator, Barney Please, who describes his work:
In the TikTok video he created, he did not label it as parody, but mentioned that the “original sound” was created by him.
His channel is full of fake voice-overs involving TikTok CEO Chew Shou Zi, and other famous people like:
If you watch them, you will see that the voice overs are all… of his voice! He may like to do voice-overs, but he apparently cannot mimic other people’s voice.
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Fact #3 : US Congressional Hearing Never Had An Hour-Long Recess
The US Congressional hearing on potential Chinese influence over TikTok was held on Thursday, 23 March 2023, and lasted more than 5 hours. The entire hearing on TikTok can actually be seen on C-SPAN.
The C-SPAN transcript for that TikTok hearing shows that there never was an hour-long recess. Only a 10-minute break just after the first 2 hours of the hearing. At 2:07:52 of the video:
At that point, the C-SPAN video shows people getting up to take a break, or talk privately to each other.
Almost four hours into the hearing, the Committee called for another recess for the third vote:
Again, the C-SPAN video shows people in the room getting up and walking away, or milling about in the room.
Fact #4 : TikTok CEO Was Never Denied Recess
Just to be clear, TikTok CEO Chew Shou Zi was never denied the right to go on a recess with everyone else in the US congressional hearing.
This was made clear in the full C-SPAN video and transcript of the US congressional hearing on TikTok.
If Chew Shou Zi was denied recess, it would be breached decorum and would have been reported widely by the Chinese media, if not the Western media.
Yet, no legitimate media outlet in China reported on such a faux pas? Not even CGTN, Global Times, Xinhua, etc. That’s because it never happened.
Fact #5 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda
This appears to be yet another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), or pro-CCP netizens.
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