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Business News/ News / ‘Sell TikTok or face ban’: US passes Bill forcing China-based owner ‘ByteDance’ to sell it
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‘Sell TikTok or face ban’: US passes Bill forcing China-based owner ‘ByteDance’ to sell it

US Senate has approved a Bill, giving nod to a ban on TikTok, over the fears that China could influence the US Presidential elections. TikTok would be banned in the US if its China-based owner ‘ByteDance’ refuses to sell it

Us Senate approved a Bill that would pave the way for a ban on TikTok (AFP)Premium
Us Senate approved a Bill that would pave the way for a ban on TikTok (AFP)

The US Senate has approved a Bill, giving nod to a ban on the popular short-form video app TikTok if its China-based parent company ‘ByteDance’ refuses to sell it. The move by the US Senate, however, may face challenges from the video content creators within the country who rely on TikTok for income.

The Bill has been backed by members of both the Democratic and the Republican parties who fear that the Chinese government could force the video-making app to influence the US Presential elections by forcing them to share the data of millions of users.

During the passage of the Bill, Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell said, “Congress is not acting to punish ByteDance, TikTok or any other individual company. Congress is acting to prevent foreign adversaries from conducting espionage, surveillance, maligned operations, harming vulnerable Americans, our servicemen and women, and our US government personnel."

WHAT DOES THE BILL SAY?

The earlier version of the Bill gave six months to ByteDance to divest its stakes in the platform. However, the old version drew criticism as some lawmakers argued that it was too short a time for a complex deal.

Also Read | TikTok Braces for US Divest-or-Ban Law — And a Fresh Legal Fight

The revised legislation now provides ByteDance nine months to sell TikTok, and a possible three-month extension if a sale is in progress.

The Bill would also prevent 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.

The TikTok legislation is part of the $95 billion package which now goes to Israel in helping it bolster its air defences and Ukraine to help it defend itself against Russia's war. The Bill will now go to President Joe Biden, who has backed the TikTok proposal and has said he will sign the package as soon as he gets it. In a tweet, Joe Biden has said that he will sign the Bill on Wednesday.

Opponents of the Bill say the Chinese government could easily get information on Americans in other ways, including through commercial data brokers that traffic in personal information.

(With AP inputs)

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Published: 24 Apr 2024, 07:21 AM IST
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