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US Lawmakers Take Measures To Ban TikTok In The Country

The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that greenlights the advancement of $95 Billion in aid to Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine. However, one provision of the bill went unnoticed, signals toward an outright bank of TikTok in the U.S.

Lawmakers have always had an issue with TkTok because of its link with China. TikTok is fully owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, and lawmakers are worried about the safety and privacy of millions of American users who share their personal information with the platform daily.

The U.S. security department is highly concerned that authoritarian China could use this information or personal data against the US in the future. ByteDance was offered a deal to sell a portion of its ownership, which the former repeatedly declined.

Finally, on Tuesday, the provision to ban TikTok if ByteDance doesn’t accept the deal within nine months was passed, and President Joe Biden signed the bill the next day.

“The idea that we would give the Communist Party this much of a propaganda tool, as well as the ability to scrape 170 million Americans' personal data, it is a national security risk," Senator Mark Warner told CBS.

However, TikTok executive Michael Beckerman has been vocal about his disregard for such a law, saying, “using the cover of important foreign and humanitarian assistance to once again jam through a ban bill that would trample the free speech rights of 170 million Americans, devastate 7 million businesses, and shutter a platform that contributes $24 billion to the U.S. economy, annually."

Beckerman believes the law was “unconstitutional” and has announced to fight a legal battle.

“We will move to the courts for a legal challenge. We'll continue to fight, as this legislation is a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of TikTok users.”

Nonetheless, the ban can take a while to enforce, upsetting millions of active American users who use the platform for entertainment or practice freedom of speech.

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