The US Takes Steps Towards Banning TikTok

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The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that could significantly impact TikTok's future in the country. The bill calls for the popular social media app to sever ties with its Chinese parent company ByteDance.

The House passed the bill by a large majority, but Senate approval is needed for it to become law. Meanwhile, China condemned the bill, vowing to "take all necessary measures" to protect its businesses.

TikTok CEO Su Zhi Chiu called on US users to fight the bill, claiming it threatens millions of jobs and hurts small businesses, while US officials have expressed concerns about potential national security risks posed by TikTok's Chinese ownership.

TikTok denies any data sharing with the Chinese government and insists on protecting user privacy.

The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where some influential figures oppose a ban. President Biden has said he would sign the bill if it passes the Senate. The bill would force ByteDance to sell TikTok within 180 days or face removal from app stores.

The bill doesn't explicitly ban TikTok, but forces a sale or removal from app stores.
Former President Trump initially supported a ban but changed his stance recently.
Several US states have already banned TikTok on government devices. This story highlights the ongoing tensions between the US and China. The coming months will reveal whether the House vote translates into a significant change for TikTok's US operations.

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