No, the video doesn’t show TikTok founder Zhang Yiming rather it’s a Chinese motivational speaker!

The viral video shows the Chinese singer turned motivational speaker Chen Zhou

Claim

Founder & Chairman of Tik-Tok. Nothing is Impossible, it’s I Am Possible

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Explanation

The 1 minute 23 seconds video shows a man with no legs interacting with the public. Here, the man is seen walking onto a stage with the assistance of wooden blocks and addressing a large crowd. This post is shared with a claim stating that he is the founder and chairman of TikTok. The caption further mentions, “Nothing is impossible, it’s always I’m possible.” You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.


What’s the truth?

When we started our research using the keyframes of the viral video it led us to an article published by the South China Morning Post.

The article was titled, “‘Legless warrior’ – from a homeless child who lost legs in an accident to disability advocate with a passion for climbing mountains and was posted on June 3, 2023.

According to the article, “Chen Zhou lost both legs in a train accident and has been dubbed the “legless warrior” on mainland social media for public talks raising awareness about disabilities.

The 41-year-old was born to a poor family in a village in Shandong province. His parents divorced and left him when he was a little boy to be raised by his grandfather.

He lost both of his legs at age 13 when he sneaked onto a train carriage hoping to get to a large city but jumped off after finding it was going the wrong way and was hit by another train.

At 18, he joined a disabled music troupe and became a singer. In the following years, Chen and his disabled colleagues traveled to some 20 provinces and municipalities, staging concerts on the street, which earned him the nickname “the wandering singer”.

In 2007 when he was asked by a friend to give a speech to a group of juvenile delinquents, he then realized that a speech was a more meaningful way to reach people than singing.”

When we intensified our search, we also got another video of the singer-turned motivational speaker Chen Zhou from YouTube which can be seen here.

Also, Zhang Yiming is identified as the TikTok Founder and Chairman.

We have also attached a comparison image of the motivational speaker Chen Zhou and TikTok founder Zhang Yiming for the reader’s reference below.

All this clarifies that the viral video doesn’t show the TikTok founder and chairman as the claim post suggests.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral video claiming to show TikTok’s founder and chairman is false and misleading. In reality, the video shows a Chinese motivational speaker, Chen Zhou who lost both his legs in an accident.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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