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Joe Biden signs Bill paving way to ban TikTok in US: What next for Chinese video sharing app?

President Joe Biden has signed a Bill that would pave the way to ban China-based video sharing app, TikTok, in the US unless TikTok's parent company ByteDance agrees on one condition

US flag and TikTok logos are seen in this illustration as Joe Biden signs Bill to ban the video sharing app (REUTERS)Premium
US flag and TikTok logos are seen in this illustration as Joe Biden signs Bill to ban the video sharing app (REUTERS)

Trouble has started to brew for TikTok in the United States as President Joe Biden has signed a Bill to ban the Chinese video-sharing app in the country. The signed Bill, which now becomes a law, has also started the timer for ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, to agree on one condition or else, face the ban. The condition is selling TikTok to a US company within a year.

WHY DID US BAN TIKTOK?

For years, there have been apprehensions that the China-based video app could well influence the US Presidential elections. The lawmakers have feared that Beijing could force ByteDance to share million of users' data with it or influence Americans by suppressing or promoting certain content on TikTok.

The interesting part is that the US has not shared any evidence to support its claims on national security.

Meanwhile, a California Democrat, Senator Laphonza Butler, has urged the Joe Biden government to consider the US employees who are employed by TikTok. "We must acknowledge the impact on TikTok workers, and our local economies, as we determine a path forward," Laphonza Butler wrote in a letter to Joe Biden.

WHAT NEXT FOR TIKTOK?

Backed by most leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties, the law provides ByteDance nine months to sell TikTok to a US company, and a possible three-month extension if a sale works out.

It also prevents ByteDance from controlling the core technology of TikTok that feeds users video content based on their interests, making the platform a hit among the young generation.

But ByteDance has argued the law violates the First Amendment while promising a legal battle. It has not yet filed a legal response to the law.

TIKTOK SAYS ‘WE AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE'

As the Joe Biden administration moves ahead to ban TikTok in the country, the video app's chief executive has promised that it is “not going anywhere".

"Rest assured - we aren't going anywhere," CEO Shou Zi Chew said in a video posted moments after Biden signed the bill, adding, “The facts and the Constitution are on our side and we expect to prevail again."

(With agency inputs)

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Published: 25 Apr 2024, 09:32 AM IST
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