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TikTok: The US is asking by law to sell it or it will be banned from all app stores

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The bill was passed by House of Representatives and now referred to the Senate

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill requiring the owner of TikTokByteDance to sell the social networking platform or face an outright ban in the United States.

As reported by the Guardian, the vote was a landslide, with 352 members of Congress voting in favor and only 65 against. against. The bill, which went to a vote after unanimously passing a committee last week, gives China-based ByteDance 165 days to divest itself of TikTok.If it doesn't, app stores, including Apple's App store and Google Play, should remove TikTok or provide web hosting services to apps controlled by ByteDance.

The bill's authors argued that it does not constitute a ban, as it gives ByteDance a chance to sell TikTok and avoid a US ban.

Rep. Mike Gallagher, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on China, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the top Democrat on the committee, introduced legislation to address national security concerns posed by Chinese ownership of the app.

“TikTok could live on and people could do whatever they want on it as long as that separation is there,” Gallagher said, urging ByteDance's US investors to support a sale.“This is not a ban – think of it as a surgical procedure designed to remove the tumor and thereby save the patient in the process.”

The House vote represents the biggest threat for TikTok in an ongoing political battle over allegations that the China-based company could be collecting sensitive user dataand politically censor content. TikTok has repeatedly stated that it does not and will not share US user data with the Chinese government.

Despite these arguments, TikTok faced an attempted ban by Donald Trump in 2020 and a statewide ban passed in Montana in 2023. Courts blocked both of those bans on First Amendment groundsand Trump has since changed his stance, now opposing a ban on TikTok.

The Treasury Department-led Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) demanded in March 2023 that ByteDance sell its shares in TikTok or face a ban on the app, Reuters reported, but no action has been taken.

The bill's future is less certain in the Senate. Some Senate Democrats have publicly opposed the bill, citing free speech concerns, and proposed measures that would address concerns about foreign influence across all social media without specifically targeting TikTok. “We need restrictions on social media, but we need those restrictions to apply across the board,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who last year proposed a separate bill to give the White House new powers over TikTok, said he had “some concerns about the constitutionality of an approach that names specific companies” but would consider “carefully this bill.”

The White House has backed the legislation, with press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying the administration wants to “see this bill through to its desk president”.

TikTok, which has 170 million US users, argued otherwise, saying it was unclear whether China would approve any sale or that it could be sold in six months.

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Source: 24h.com.cy

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