US House passes law cracking down on TikTok

The US House of Representatives passed legislation with an overwhelming bipartisan vote to potentially ban TikTok, a popular social media platform used by 170 million Americans. The fate of the app now rests with the Senate, where some lawmakers are opposed to its swift passage. President Biden has indicated he will sign the bill into law.

Introduced by Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi, the legislation requires TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to divest its stake within 180 days. Failure to do so would result in TikTok being barred from Apple and Google app stores.

Lawmakers argue that TikTok’s links to the Chinese government pose a security threat, allowing Beijing access to data on Americans. However, TikTok claims American data is stored in the US, emphasizing national security concerns in light of potential misuse of personal data by foreign regimes.

The bill received bipartisan support in the House but faces potential hurdles in the Senate. Senator Rand Paul has vowed to block its passage quickly, with opposition citing the app’s popularity among young Americans and concerns about setting a precedent for banning specific companies or platforms by name.

Overall, the future of TikTok in the US remains uncertain as lawmakers navigate national security, data privacy, and geopolitical concerns in the evolving digital landscape.


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