TikTok Faces Ban After US Senate Passes Bill

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ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok could soon be forced to sell the social media platform or face a ban in the United States. On Saturday, the US Senate passed a foreign aid package that includes the TikTok bill. The bill is now heading to President Biden’s desk, and he’s committed to signing it into law, The Verge reports.

If the bill is signed into law, TikTok would have up to 12 months to rid itself of ByteDance or be banned in the US. China-based ByteDance calls the bill unconstitutional according to Engadget. The company is ready to take legal action which could delay the eventual ban or sale.

The bill was passed after lawmakers expressed concerns the China-based company posed a threat to US users. In China, a national security law allows the government to compel companies to divulge sensitive information concerning data. There are also concerns from lawmakers that the Chinese government could influence what TikTok shows to US users. TikTok is based in Singapore and the company claims US information is not stored in China.

Congress is not acting to punish ByteDance, TikTok or any other individual company,” Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said on the Senate floor before the vote. “Congress is acting to prevent foreign adversaries from conducting espionage, surveillance, maligned operations, harming vulnerable Americans, our servicemen and women, and our U.S. government personnel.”

In an official statement released after the TikTok bill was passed by the US Senate, President Biden said: “I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.”

More suspicion may have been raised after Politico reported last week that Chinese diplomats held meetings with Congressional staffers to lobby against the bill.

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