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Tik Tok In Peril In US, Bipartisan Bill Wants China Out

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Tik Tok In Peril In US, Bipartisan Bill Wants China Out

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WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) – A bipartisan bill introduced by lawmakers in the US House will force China-based ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to divest the short-form video app or face a ban on the platform, The Hill reported.

Congressmen Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi, the top lawmakers on the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, introduced the bill on March 5.  It is the latest effort to impose a ban on TikTok over concerns about potential national security threats posed by ByteDance.

The “Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act” defines ByteDance and TikTok as foreign adversary-controlled applications. The bill also creates a broader framework that would enable the US President to designate other foreign adversary-controlled applications.

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee said it will consider the bill.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair, said, “I commend Select Committee on the CCP Chair Mike Gallagher and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi for their leadership on this bipartisan bill and look forward to advancing the bill this week.”

Under the scope of the bill, foreign adversaries include China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. The bill will give more than five months to ByteDance after the law goes into effect to divest TikTok. If ByteDance does not divest from TikTok, it would become illegal to distribute it through an app store or web hosting platform in the US.

There are still concerns about banning the app due to its popularity with US users and concerns based on the loopholes users could use to gain access to TikTok even if it were effectively banned.

In 2023, a Republican-backed bill tried to impose an outright ban on TikTok. However, the ban faced a pushback from Democratic lawmakers who stressed that the effort was rushed and could hinder free speech rights.

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