US Congress moves to ban TikTok or force owner ByteDance to divest

14/03/2024 | The Guardian

The US House of Representatives has voted in favour of a bill requiring TiKTok owner ByteDance to sell the platform or face a nationwide ban. The bill was passed with 352 votes in favour and 65 against. If ByteDance fails to divest from TikTok within 165 days, app stores, including the Apple App Store and Google Play, will be legally prohibited from hosting TikTok or providing web hosting services to ByteDance-controlled applications. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew expressed disappointment at the vote and said the company will do all it can to protect the platform, including exercising legal rights. He also argued that the bill would benefit a handful of other social media companies and put more than 300,000 American jobs at risk.

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