U.S. Congress eyes TikTok ban or forced sale

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce plans to vote on a bill requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok within six months or face a ban.

Publication: 07.03.2024 - 15:32
U.S. Congress eyes TikTok ban or forced sale
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This step signifies a major push toward regulating the app, which boasts about 170 million users in the U.S.

The legislation, introduced by Representatives Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi, targets national security concerns linked to TikTok's Chinese ownership. It proposes prohibiting major app stores from distributing TikTok if ByteDance fails to divest in time.

The White House supports the bill, highlighting the administration's commitment to addressing potential tech threats. Despite TikTok's popularity and its argument that the bill infringes on free speech rights, the move underscores growing bipartisan concern over the app's influence and ownership.

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