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U.S. House Votes on TikTok: A Ban Looms

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The House of Representatives passed a bill titled the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, aimed at compelling ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, to sell the app or face a ban in the United States. This legislation, initiated by Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), targets national security concerns over TikTok's foreign control. With a vote of 352-65, the bill now moves to the Senate, where its fate remains uncertain due to mixed opinions among senators. Despite previous actions and debates surrounding TikTok's operations in the U.S., including a potential divestment or ban under the Trump administration, the current situation highlights ongoing bipartisan concerns over national security, the impact on American businesses and users, and the broader implications for digital platform regulation and free speech rights.

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