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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Will America Ban Tiktok?


The House of Representatives has passed a bill that could potentially result in a nationwide ban of the popular video app TikTok unless its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, sells the platform. This decision comes amidst growing concerns about the potential national security threat posed by the company's current ownership structure. 

In a bipartisan vote of 352 to 65, lawmakers expressed overwhelming support for the legislation, signaling a strong possibility of similar backing in the Senate. The bill addresses worries about the Chinese government's access to data collected by TikTok, raising fears of potential privacy breaches and security risks.

The proposed legislation would require ByteDance to divest its ownership of TikTok or face a ban in the United States. Lawmakers are specifically concerned about the company's ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the possibility that user data could be shared with foreign adversaries.

Some opponents of the bill argue that a ban on TikTok could infringe on Americans' First Amendment rights to access information. However, supporters maintain that the bill is not an act of censorship but rather a necessary measure to safeguard citizens against potential threats from foreign-controlled applications. While the House's decision reflects a strong bipartisan consensus, the exact timeline for the bill's consideration in the Senate remains uncertain.

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