House Passes Bill That Could Ban Or Force Sale Of TikTok

March 14, 2024

TikTok cannot continue to operate in the United States under its current ownership structure.

United States Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), who wrote a bill with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and the White House that passed in the House on Wednesday. The bill would ban TikTok in the U.S. or force a sale of the popular social media app.

Why It Matters: The House passed legislation on Wednesday that could ban TikTok, with lawmakers voting 352-65. While conversations regarding banning the app (its parent company, ByteDance, is based in China) have come up on Capitol Hill before, this week’s vote marks the furthest a bill has gone in potentially banning TikTok nationwide. The bill now heads to the Senate, “where lawmakers signaled a more cautious approach on the legislation,” notes The Wall Street Journal.

Something To Consider: Some bipartisan lawmakers in the House argue TikTok is beholden to the Chinese government, compromising the security of American users’ data. Other bipartisan representatives voiced reservations about bills limiting what information Americans could see” (The Wall Street Journal). One TikTok spokeswoman, Jodi Seth, responded to the House vote saying, “It’s a ban based on zero evidence. We are hopeful that the Senate will consider the facts, listen to their constituents and realize the impact on the economy, 7 million small businesses, and the 170 million Americans who use our service.”

Read More: House Passes Bill to Ban TikTok or Force Sale of the Chinese Video App (The Wall Street Journal)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas