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House Votes to Give TikTok a Choice: Sell or Be Banned

Key Takeaways:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill (352-65) that would require ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, to sell the app or face a nationwide ban.
  • The bill gives ByteDance six months to divest its U.S. assets, or TikTok could be removed from app stores and web hosting services in the country.
  • The bill’s future in the Senate is uncertain, as some senators favor a different approach to regulating foreign-owned apps that pose security risks.

The U.S. House of Representatives took a step towards potentially banning the popular social media app TikTok on Wednesday, as it overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that would require ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, to either sell the app or face a nationwide ban. The bill, which passed with a vote of 352-65, gives ByteDance a six-month window to divest its U.S. assets, or risk having TikTok removed from app stores and web hosting services in the country.

Concern over TikTok’s security

The passage of this bill marks the most serious threat to TikTok’s existence in the U.S. since the Trump administration attempted to ban the app in 2020. The current legislation is driven by growing concerns over national security, with lawmakers arguing that the Chinese government could potentially use TikTok to access American user data or spread propaganda.

Despite the House’s decisive action, the bill’s future in the Senate remains uncertain. Some senators favor a different approach to regulating foreign-owned apps that pose security risks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has stated that the Senate will review the legislation, but the timeline for action is unclear. Some lawmakers have suggested that the Senate should hold hearings on the bill before moving forward.

TikTok Lobbying

TikTok has been actively lobbying against the legislation, with CEO Shou Zi Chew visiting Capitol Hill to discuss the bill with senators. The company argues that the proposed ban would violate the First Amendment rights of millions of American users and negatively impact businesses and content creators who rely on the platform. TikTok has also emphasized its efforts to address security concerns, such as partnering with Oracle to route U.S. user traffic and store American user data.

If the bill does pass the Senate and is signed into law by President Biden, who has indicated his support, TikTok would likely face legal challenges. The company has successfully fought against other efforts to ban the app, with courts siding with its argument that blocking TikTok infringes upon users’ First Amendment rights.

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