US House Advances Bill Targeting TikTok Divestment or Nationwide Ban

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that could lead to a nationwide ban on TikTok if its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, does not divest the app’s American assets within six months. The bill was approved with bipartisan support, reflecting widespread concern about the app’s potential national security risks due to its Chinese ownership. The next step for the bill is to be considered by the Senate, where it may face more challenges. President Biden has indicated he would sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.

  • The House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at potentially banning TikTok in the US if ByteDance does not divest its American assets.
  • The bill received bipartisan support and was passed with a vote of 352 to 65.
  • President Biden is in favor of the ban and has already prohibited federal employees from using TikTok on their mobile phones.
  • TikTok has lobbied against the ban, encouraging its 170 million US users to contact their representatives.
  • The Senate will be the next to consider the bill, and its passage there is uncertain.
  • Lawmakers argue that TikTok poses a national security risk, potentially allowing user data to be accessed by the Chinese government under Chinese law.
  • TikTok has refuted the allegations of security risks, stating that a “big firewall” protects US user data, keeping it within the US.
  • The CEO of TikTok was previously grilled by Congress but denied the allegations of data misuse.

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