TikTok could be banned in US after House of Representatives passes bill

TikTok could be banned in the US if the social media app’s Chinese owner doesn’t sell its stake after the House of Representatives voted in support of the measure.
The TikTok legislation has been included in a US foreign policy package, which is likely to see representatives approve foreign aid funding for Ukraine and Israel, as well as security assistance for Taiwan and allies in the Indo-Pacific.

Once approved, the package will then go to the US Senate, where it is likely to be passed on Tuesday. President Joe Biden has said he would sign the TikTok legislation once it reaches his desk.
If the bill becomes law, the owner of the popular video-sharing app will have nine months to find a buyer, with a possible three-month extension while a sale is in progress, or face a ban.
A previous bill passed by the House last month would have given owner ByteDance only six months to sell.

TikTok’s chief executive has appealed to US users directly to campaign to stop the bill.
The FBI has warned TikTok owner ByteDance could share user data, such as browsing history, location and biometric identifiers, with China’s authoritarian government.
TikTok has said it has never done that and would not do so if asked.
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In 2022, Mr Biden banned the use of TikTok by the federal government’s nearly four million employees on devices owned by its agencies, with limited exceptions for law enforcement, national security and security research purposes.
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