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Legislation To Ban TikTok Included in Aid Package for Ukraine and Israel

Legislation that may result in a ban on TikTok in the United States has gained momentum as it was included in a package of bills aimed at providing aid to Ukraine and Israel. 

The bill, which has been passed by the House and received bipartisan support, aims to force ByteDance Ltd., the China-based owner of TikTok, to sell its stake in the app within a specified timeline to continue operating in the U.S. 

President Joe Biden has indicated his willingness to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

The revised version of the legislation, which has been endorsed by Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell, extends the divestment period from six months to a year, with a possible three-month extension if a sale is underway. 

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This adjustment aims to provide ByteDance with enough time to find a buyer, addressing concerns raised by legislators.

The inclusion of the TikTok legislation in the aid package indicates a rare moment of bipartisan unity against a single company. 

Despite opposition and concerns about potential constitutional challenges, lawmakers have rallied behind the bill amid growing bipartisan apprehension regarding Chinese technology firms and national security threats.

TikTok, which has 170 million U.S. users, has strongly opposed the legislation, launching a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to influence public opinion. 

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Content creators on the platform, many of whom rely on TikTok for income, have expressed anxiety and frustration about the potential impact of the bill on their livelihoods.

Critics argue that the ban would infringe upon First Amendment rights and disrupt the economic activities of millions of Americans. 

Some lawmakers have expressed concerns about setting a dangerous precedent and the potential for unintended consequences if the bill becomes law.

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The prospect of a sale of TikTok’s U.S. business poses significant challenges, including antitrust issues and opposition from China. 

Tech analysts emphasize the complexity of such a transaction, particularly concerning TikTok’s algorithm, which is essential to its operation.

While the bill’s passage would represent a significant move by Congress to regulate the tech industry, some lawmakers stress the need for broader legislative action to address various concerns, including user privacy, content moderation, and artificial intelligence regulation.

Despite reservations from some legislators, the majority support the TikTok bill as a crucial step in safeguarding national security interests and addressing potential risks associated with Chinese-owned tech platforms. 

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