TikTok Bill Passes House

Posted on March 13, 2024

A TikTok bill that would force the Chinese owner to sell has passed the house. Congress is concerned about spyware being run through the video-based social networking service.

The AP reports that the bill based 352-65 in the House. President Biden has said he will sign the bill. It is unclear what the Senate will do with the bill. The bill gives TikTok owner ByteDance a limited amount of time (90 days) to sell TikTok. If it does not sell the company then the service will be banned. The bill essentially forces the sale of TikTok.

Donald Trump has said he is concerned banning TikTok will empower Facebook. His flip on TikTok puts him at odds with most GOP congressman. Trump said, "Without TikTok, you can make Facebook bigger, and I consider Facebook to be an enemy of the people." He also said kids would go crazy without it during an interview on Squawk Box.

The bill is called the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. CNBC quotes a TikTok spokesperson as saying, "This bill is an outright ban of TikTok, no matter how much the authors try to disguise it. This legislation will trample the First Amendment rights of 170 million Americans and deprive 5 million small businesses of a platform they rely on to grow and create jobs."

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