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US passes new bill to ban TikTok

US lawmakers pass yet another bill that could restrict TikTok in the country if the platform isn’t sold to another company

ByteDance, owner of TikTok, suffered another setback in the United States this weekend. After a vote that received broad support from the Democratic and Republican parties, the House of Representatives passed another bill that could lead to the social network being banned in the country if it is not sold to another company. Despite the green light, the agenda will still have to be approved by the Senate and the Presidency to come into force.

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Congress approves restrictions on TikTok

The vote continues the bill passed in March, which also carries the same threat: to keep TikTok operating in the country, ByteDance would be forced to sell its stake to a local company. Otherwise the platform would not be able to work in the United States and its access through app stores and the web would be limited.

This time the deputies made a maneuver to facilitate the passage of the bill in the Senate by incorporating the agenda into another bill to impose “certain sanctions against Russia and Iran and for other purposes”, which would facilitate approval in the Senate Senate. The act is entitled “21st century peace through the law of force”, in free translation.

The mention of TikTok appears in Division D, with the same title as the previously passed law: “Act to Protect Americans from Applications Controlled by Foreign Adversaries,” in free translation. In general these are the same provisions, with the exception that ByteDance would have a longer period to make the sale: up to 1 year.

Furthermore, the broad package of laws addresses other issues, such as the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas and the war in Ukraine.

Why does the US want to ban TikTok?

The congressional proposal continues a series of conflicts between the United States and China since former President Donald Trump’s government banned some Chinese apps in 2020. The justification then, which continues today, is that the platforms share the data on Americans with China for ties to the country of origin.

However, the accusations have always been denied by TikTok managers. In March, for example, the company warned that the decision would have a huge economic impact on 7 million small businesses and the 170 million Americans who use the service.

Last Wednesday (17), the company intervened once again in a profile on prohibitionist law that would trample on the free speech rights of 170 million Americans.”

Again according to the company, the measure “would devastate 7 million businesses and shut down a platform that contributes $24 billion to the American economy every year.”

Wanted by Canaltech, TikTok do Brasil had no comment on the matter at the time of publication. The text may be updated in case of response.

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Source: Terra

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