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TikTok ban bill gains momentum in advancement

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The bill that could lead to a TikTok ban in the United States is making significant progress toward becoming law. It easily passed through the House of Representatives last month, although its future in the Senate was uncertain due to opposition from several influential lawmakers.

However, momentum for the “Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act” seems to be growing once again. The House is scheduled to vote on a package of bills this weekend, which includes a slightly revised version of the TikTok ban bill.

In this updated version, ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, would have a timeframe of up to 12 months to divest TikTok, compared to the initial six-month period in the original measure.

This modification was crucial in gaining support from skeptical Senate members, including Sen. Maria Cantwell, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee. With the House expected to pass the revised bill on Saturday as part of a larger package that includes aid to Ukraine and Israel, its progress is looking more certain.

NBC reports that a Senate vote could come as early as next week. President Joe Biden has expressed readiness to sign the bill into law if it clears Congress.

If enacted, TikTok ban, along with potentially other apps considered to be controlled by foreign adversaries and posing national security risks, could be banned from US app stores if they refuse to sell to a new owner. TikTok’s CEO, Shou Chew, has hinted that the company might challenge the law through legal means.

TikTok issued a statement expressing disappointment with the House of Representatives for including the ban bill in a package alongside crucial foreign and humanitarian aid. The statement emphasized concerns about free speech rights, its impact on businesses, and the significant economic contribution that TikTok makes to the US economy.

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