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U.S. House passes bill to ban TikTok in the country

The U.S. House votes in favor of a bill to ban TikTok in the United States, citing national security concerns and ByteDance’s close ties to China.

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Well, folks. They did it. Those crazy sons of bitches in Washington, D.C., finally did it. The U.S. House just voted in favor of a bill that would essentially ban TikTok in the United States.

The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act passed the House with overwhelming support, marking the latest step in the government’s TikTok takedown efforts.

The reason? It’s all about who’s holding the reins at TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and worries that it’s a tad too close to China for comfort.

The bill demands ByteDance either sell TikTok or face a U.S. ban, stirring a blend of First Amendment debates and international intrigue “House passes bill that could ban TikTok in U.S.,” Stefan Becket.”

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The Senate Steps Up

Now it’s the Senate’s turn to weigh in, and they’re holding the keys to TikTok’s future in America. Will they give the thumbs up or down?

The President’s Piece

And guess what? The President’s got a say, too. With a nod of approval, he could put the official seal on this bill, making it a big deal for everyone who loves TikTok. waeee

As far as we know, President Biden has publicly stated that he would vote to shut the app down. In fact, he’s on record saying it.

Per CBS News: “If they pass it, I’ll sign it,” President Biden proudly announced on his busy campaign trail. recently joined the app, told reporters. 

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, here’s what you need to know:

  • The U.S. House passed a bill to potentially ban TikTok in the U.S.
  • ByteDance must sell TikTok or face a U.S. ban.
  • The Senate and President Biden will influence the final decision.
  • The situation around TikTok in the U.S. is complex and significant.

Let’s not beat around the bush—TikTok’s situation here in the U.S. is a mess. I wouldn’t want to be on their side of this situation right now. As we watch this story unfold, remember that it’s not just about swipes and likes.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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