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US inches closer to a TikTok ban


  • The US House voted overwhelmingly (360-58) in favor of a bill that would ban TikTok if ByteDance fails to sell within 270 days.
  • The bill addresses security concerns over ByteDance's ties to Beijing.
  • Opposition to the ban includes Donald Trump and Elon Musk, citing free speech.

The US House has voted 360-58 in support of a bill that would ban the video-sharing app TikTok if Chinese owners ByteDance fail to sell within 270 days.

The bill, part of a larger foreign aid bill that includes aid for Ukraine, also includes the option to extend the timeframe by 90 days if a deal is in progress. US officials allege that ByteDance is subservient to the Chinese Communist Party and as a result, the app poses a threat to US security.

The next step for the controversial bill is to be approved by the Senate, which will return from recess on April 29. From there, President Joe Biden has expressed his support for the bill.

TikTok has called this “unfortunate” and says that it is “trampling the free speech rights of 170 million Americans.” In a previous statement to Forbes, TikTok stated that forcing ByteDance to divest would not solve the problem, and “a change in ownership would not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access.”

Notable opposition to a TikTok ban

In 2020, former President Donald Trump came close to banning the popular app but held off under pressure from a series of legal challenges. Speaking to CNBC last week, however, he has reversed his stance and now opposes a TikTok ban.

He stated that a ban on TikTok would “make Facebook bigger and I consider Facebook to be an enemy of the people.” Trump was banned from Facebook in 2021 and has been a vocal opponent of them ever since.

His reversal of position comes during a period of reconciliation between Trump and Jeff Yass, a GOP donor who has a financial stake in TikTok.

Another prominent person who opposes the ban is Elon Musk, owner of X and Tesla. He said in a post on X “In my opinion, TikTok should not be banned in the USA, even though such a ban may benefit the 𝕏 platform. Doing so would be contrary to freedom of speech and expression. It is not what America stands for.”

We will know more about the chance of the bill passing the Senate when it reconvenes later this month, but for now, TikTok could still be banned in the USA.

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Ali Rees
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Ali Rees is a freelance writer based in the UK. They have worked as a data and analytics consultant, a software tester, and a digital marketing and SEO specialist. They have been a keen gamer and tech enthusiast since their childhood in are currently the Gaming and Tech editor at Brig Newspaper. They also have a Substack where they review short video games. During the pandemic, Ali turned their hand to live streaming and is a fan of Twitch. When not writing, Ali enjoys playing video and board games, live music, and reading. They have two cats and both of…

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