Video showing the Founder & Chairman of TikTok, who is a double amputee.
The man seen in the viral video does not show the TikTok chairperson, but Chinese motivational speaker Chen Zhou.
A 1.23-minute video showing a double amputee, using mobility equipment to climb onto a stage, and address a large audience, is going viral on social media claiming to show the “Founder & Chairman of Tik-Tok”. The post can be seen here. | Archived Post
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To begin with, we conducted a Google Keyword Search with “Founder & Chairman of Tik-Tok”, which led us to reports published by Forbs. According to this report, Zhang Yiming is the founder of Chinese tech giant ByteDance, best known for its insanely popular app TikTok, which has more than 1 billion users worldwide. The report also carried Zhang Yiming’s photo, which doesn’t match the man seen in the viral video.
Now, we took some screengrabs of the viral video and conducted a Google reverse image search, which took us to a report published by South China Morning Post on June 3, 2023. As per the report, titled ‘Legless warrior – from homeless child who lost legs in accident to disability advocate with a Passion to climb mountains’ the person in the video is Chen Zhou, who lost both legs in a train accident as a kid and has been dubbed “legless warrior” on Chinese social media for public talks raising awareness about disabilities.
Thus, the person in the viral video is a Chinese motivational speaker, not the founder of TikTok. The viral video is false.
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