TikTok chief operating officer Vanessa Pappas identifies as “pansexual” and as “both a woman and non-binary” and uses “both they/them and she/her” pronouns, according to an announcement shared on social media — Pappas’ name is listed as “V(anessa) Pappas” on social media .
“A personal update. I shared this to our TikTok organization over the weekend and wanted to bring visibility here as well,” Pappas wrote.
“I am pansexual and raising my kids in a same sex household with my loving spouse and partner of 20 years – as a family we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of recognizing diversity across sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, personal abilities, political backgrounds etc,” Pappas declared. “Most recently our conversation has focused on gender identity. In my personal life, I primarily go by V and more recently they/them. Since representation matters, I recognize the importance of language in identifying and affirming gender differences.”
“So while most of you know me as being fairly private as it relates to my personal life I did feel it important to bring my whole self to work and to share my gender identity and preferred pronouns,” Pappas wrote. “So how to best address me? I use both they/them and she/her as I still very much value my identity as being both a woman and non-binary. I don’t worry if you don’t use V or they/them all the time, but I do appreciate the effort to recognize my preferences.”
TikTok is a controversial social media company because it is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company.
The app has been banned from U.S. House of Representatives devices. “The Committee on House Administration has authorized the CAO Office of Cybersecurity to initiate the removal of TikTok Social Media Service from all House managed devices,” according to a notice. “TikTok is NOT allowed on House mobile devices.”
A measure approved late last year as part of the massive omnibus bill targets TikTok by demanding the development of “standards and guidelines for executive agencies requiring the removal of any covered application from information technology,” with certain exceptions — the measure stipulates that “the term ‘covered application’ means the social networking service TikTok or any successor application or service developed or provided by ByteDance Limited or an entity owned by ByteDance Limited.”
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