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House of Representatives passes possible TikTok ban

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  • House passes TikTok ban.
  • Lawmakers raise concerns about national security.
  • The Chinese owners must sell their stake.

In an unprecedented move Saturday the House of Representatives passed a bill that could ban TikTok in the U.S.

The measure requires ByteDance, the parent company of the popular social network, to sell the platform within nine months to a year.

Otherwise, the video app could face a total ban in the U.S., according to EFE.

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This decision follows intense debate and concerns about U.S. national security.

It was fueled by fears that the Chinese government could access user data through TikTok, according to EFE.

U.S. lawmakers have argued that this threat is real and that Beijing’s influence through the platform could undermine the country’s democratic stability.

The U.S. intelligence community had already expressed concerns about the potential for TikTok to be used as a tool of foreign influence.

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The Chinese government has been accused of using the platform to interfere in the 2022 midterm elections, with an additional warning that they might try to intervene in this year’s November elections.

There is bipartisan support for the bill and President Joe Biden is in favor of a forced sale of the company, though he hasn’t advocated for a TikTok ban.

Banning TikTok in the U.S. could have serious repercussions on the social media landscape and international relations.

The initial nine-month deadline for the sale of TikTok could be extended by an additional year if the sale is in progress.

The House voted on several bills over the weekend

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This time window reflects the perceived urgency to address national security concerns while allowing the involved parties to negotiate sale and transition agreements.

In addition to that bill, the U.S. House of Representatives was expected to vote this Saturday on several separate bills that would authorize a large aid package, according to The Associated Press.

The House played a crucial role in passing an ambitious foreign aid package valued at $95 billion.

This aid is destined for countries like Ukraine and Israel, as well as other strategic allies of the United States.

How did the aid package finally get a vote in the House?

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This legislative milestone occurred during an unusual Saturday session, reflecting the urgency and determination behind the U.S. response to the Russian invasion and other global challenges.

After months of intense debate and negotiations, Democrats and Republicans finally found common ground to support this significant initiative.

The rapid and overwhelming approval of the aid package for Ukraine, valued at $61 billion, underscored the U.S. commitment to this war-torn ally.

The scene in the House was moving, with lawmakers waving Ukrainian flags in a gesture of solidarity and support.

Serious concerns surrounding the TikTok ban and other issues

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However, aid to Ukraine was just one part of the total package, which also included assistance for Israel and other strategic U.S. allies.

This diversity of beneficiaries reflects the complexity of the global challenges facing the United States and the need to maintain a strong network of international alliances.

Additionally, the legislative package addressed urgent issues such as concerns about TikTok.

This demonstrates Congress’s ability to address multiple issues of national and international importance.

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