TikTok convened a group of Internet celebrities in Washington to appeal to Congress:Banning the app will arouse widespread public opposition. More than 20 TikTok influencers traveled to Washington this week at the invitation of TikTok to lobby members of Congress and others. TikTok CEO Zhou Shouzi will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday. The Biden administration recently asked ByteDance to sell its stake in TikTok, or it could face a U.S. ban on the app. TikTok insists that it is not subject to any government and is an indispensable platform for 150 million US users. The internet celebrity made that point louder Wednesday when she met with reporters near Capitol Hill. TikTok covered the travel and lodging costs of the group.