US House passes bill to ban TikTok


New Delhi: The US House Delegates have overwhelmingly approved a bill that provides for Chinese ownership TIC Toc The parent company, ByteDance, will sell the app's assets in the United States in about six months or face a ban.
The bill passed by a vote of 352–65, receiving support from both Democrats and Republicans. However, its future in the Senate remains uncertain, as some senators prefer a different approach to regulating foreign-owned apps that could pose security risks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not yet revealed his plans for the bill.
The fate of TikTok has become a significant concern in Washington, with lawmakers receiving numerous calls from teen users protesting the law. In fact, the number of complaints has several times exceeded the number of calls demanding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The bill is part of a series of measures aimed at addressing US national security concerns regarding China, spanning everything from connected vehicles to advanced artificial intelligence chips and cranes at US ports.
The vote came just a week after the bill was proposed and after limited debate in Congress. The proposal had been stalled for more than a year, and TikTok executives had hoped the legislation would not pass this year after President Joe BidenJoined the re-election campaign platform. However, the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently voted 50-0 in favor of the bill, paving the way for a vote in the full House.
TikTok CEO Shaw Zi Chew, who had previously scheduled a visit to Capitol Hill, is expected to speak to senators on the matter. Before the vote, TikTok expressed its belief that the legislation was designed to lead to a complete ban on the app in the United States, arguing that it would violate Americans' constitutional right to free speech.

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