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'TikTok ban' bill passes in US House, despite resistance from its users (and Donald Trump)


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The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that could potentially lead to a ban on the popular social media platform, TikTok. The bill, which received bipartisan support, is aimed at protecting American data from potential threats.

 

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, is used by over 170 million Americans. The bill mandates that TikTok must sever ties with ByteDance or face a ban from U.S. app stores. This development has sparked a wave of reactions from users, influencers, and lawmakers alike.

 

Late last week, the social media platform rallied its American users to “call your representatives” to resist the ban. Donald Trump has also openly voiced his opposition to the bill, which is a stark reversal of his posture when he was the US President.

 

The bill’s passage in the House is just the first step in a potentially long legislative process. It now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to face considerable scrutiny. President Joe Biden has indicated that he would sign the bill into law if it passes both chambers.

 

The proposed TikTok ban has stirred up a debate about digital rights, national security, and the influence of foreign companies on American soil. As the world watches the unfolding events, the future of TikTok in the U.S. hangs in the balance.

 

As we await the Senate’s decision, what are your thoughts on this development? How do you think a potential TikTok ban would impact the digital landscape? We’d love to hear your views on this matter.

 

 

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