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TikTok ban now ‘inevitable’ after House vote

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban TikTok in the US unless its Chinese owner divests from the company – making final passage of the law ‘inevitable,’ say insiders.

The ban was buried in a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan and received relatively little attention.

About 150 million Americans are on TikTok and lawmakers are increasingly concerned about the influence of its Chinese communist owners on the company.

In recent months, TikTok has made headlines by promoting Osama bin Laden and encouraging young users to choke each other. After the Hamas terrorist massacre in Israel, the company was accused of promoting Hamas propaganda and inciting young Americans to turn to Islamic terrorism.

A previous effort to ban TikTok was blocked in the Senate. REUTERS

“The forced sale of TikTok represents a bipartisan breakthrough against the CCP’s most powerful information warfare tool against the United States,” Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) told the Post. “Congress will no longer stand idly by while the CCP freely weaponizes TikTok to corrupt the minds of young Americans, radicalize Americans against their own country, and amplify anti-Semitism on a scale and pace unprecedented in the world. history of humanity. »

In March, the House passed a similar TikTok bill, which passed the House with a large bipartisan majority. That effort, however, has been blocked in the Democratic Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has so far refused to bring the measure to a vote. The Senate leader said he would eventually address the issue.

Schumer has in the past vigorously supported efforts to reduce the influence of TikTok.

“An American company should buy TikTok so everyone can continue to use it and your data is safe,” he wrote in a 2020 X article. “It’s a privacy issue. With TikTok in China, it is subject to Chinese Communist Party laws which may require data to be transmitted to their government. We need to find a safe way for TikTok to continue. »

TikTok logo displayed on a tablet screen
Critics say TikTok is a dangerous propaganda tool of the Chinese government. AFP via Getty Images

With the TikTok ban now buried in the foreign aid package — widely considered urgent, must-have legislation — the Senate will likely have no choice but to pass the measure. Senate leaders have promised to move the measure forward quickly and submit it to President Biden for his signature.

“The ban was inevitable. It was how we would get there that was up for debate,” a Senate insider said. “TikTok has done a horrible job fighting for its corporate life.”

The new TikTok ban will give the company nine months (extendable to one year by the president) to opt out or face a nationwide ban – meaning all of its consequences won’t come into effect until after the 2024 presidential election.

Previous House TikTok legislation would have only allowed a six-month window. Democrats are counting on TikTok in particular to mobilize young voters to the polls.

ADD CRYING TIKTOKERS HERE (once the ban is over) TK TK TK

New York Post

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