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House passes bill that will ban TikTok in US unless owner sells company

The TikTok amendment passed 360-58.

Published: April 20, 2024 2:26pm

The House on Saturday voted to pass H.R. 8038, which will ban the social media app TikTok in the United States unless the owner divests from the company. 

This ban is part of the $95 billion package of foreign aid package that was just voted on and passed in the House. 

“The forced sale of TikTok represents a bipartisan breakthrough against the CCP’s most powerful tool of information warfare against the United States,” Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., according to the New York Post. “No longer will Congress stand by idly while the CCP freely weaponizes TikTok to corrupt the minds of young Americans, radicalize Americans against their own country, and amplify antisemitism on a scale and at a pace not seen in human history.”

The TikTok amendment passed 360-58.

A ban on the app is “inevitable,” now, according to reports.

Last month, TikTok launched a $2.1 million advertising campaign try to stop Congress from voting on a measure to effectively ban the social media app in the U.S.

TikTok has faced criticism from U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle due to it being based in China and privacy concerns

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