Why is the US trying to ban TikTok?

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The US Senate voted on Tuesday (April 23) to pass a bill to either ban TikTok or force its parent company ByteDance to sell it.

Axar.az reports that the bill gives ByteDance, a year to sell its stake or face deletion from US app stores.

Seventy-nine senators voted in favour of the bill and 18 against.

The bill passed in the House on Saturday by a margin of 360 to 58, as part of a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

US President Joe Biden will now receive the legislation, which he has said he would sign.

TikTok’s head of public policy for the Americas, Michael Beckerman, said his company would fight the legislation in court.

If the new federal law goes into effect without being blocked, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store will have to stop offering TikTok for download or be penalised financially.

2024.04.24 / 17:14
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