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House passes a bill that could lead to a TikTok ban if Chinese owner refuses to sell

The House passed a bill aimed at banning TikTok in the U.S. unless its Chinese owner sells its stake due to national security concerns. TikTok, with over 150 million American users, is owned by ByteDance, raising worries about potential data access by the Chinese government. The bill's fate now rests with the Senate, and President Biden has expressed readiness to sign it. Supporters argue it's necessary for national security, while opponents stress the potential impact on free speech and business. Despite TikTok's denial of being influenced by the Chinese government, lawmakers are pushing for a sale to a non-foreign adversary company.

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Amy Sawyama

Opinions aside about the anti-Chinese rhetoric and the problematic nature of all user privacy stuff (from all social media, not just tiktok)..

It’s becoming very likely that this will happen, but what really matters is 1) who will actually purchase it; if anyone at all and 2) will they make it better, stay the same, or worsen it.

New “leadership” always shakes things up, so I imagine Tiktok would look different after a sale.

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Criss F

Biden said he would sign the bill if it passes congress, so I suppose we will see if it does.

Should be very interesting to see the outcome of this.

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Chris Jul-ul

If they do actually decide to sell it I wonder who would buy it. Crazy to see this happening though. Going to be an interesting time as we wait to see what happens.