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Tiktok Ban: US Senate approves bill banning TikTok: What next for Chinese app in the US | – Times of India



The US Senate has passed a bill banning TikTok in the country. The bill was approved with a 79-18 vote and is now awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature. If the legislation is signed into law, the Chinese parent company of TikTok will be required to divest its ownership of the app, or else it will face an effective ban in the United States.
One-year timeline to sell or face ban
The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act bill gives Beijing-based ByteDance up to one year to sell its prized TikTok asset to a US buyer.The timeline allows an initial nine-month period for a deal, with the option for a 90-day extension if progress is made.
If ByteDance fails to complete a sale within that timeframe, the legislation would then prohibit TikTok from operating in the United States, blocking it from app stores and internet hosting services. The ban would take effect shortly after the deadline, though legal challenges could potentially delay its implementation.
National security worries drive crackdown
Driving the legislative crackdown are longstanding national security concerns over TikTok’s Chinese ownership and the potential for user data to be accessed or influenced by the authoritarian government in Beijing. While TikTok maintains it has never shared data with Chinese officials and stores US user information only on servers in Singapore and the US, critics remain unconvinced.
“Congress is not acting to punish ByteDance, TikTok or any other individual company,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. “Congress is acting to prevent foreign adversaries from conducting espionage, surveillance, maligned operations, harming vulnerable Americans.”
Hints at legal battle ahead
TikTok has consistently denied posing any security threat and has called the proposed ban a violation of constitutionally protected free speech rights. Following the Senate vote, the company signalled it plans to mount a legal challenge once Biden signs the bill into law.
“At the stage that the bill is signed, we will move to the courts for a legal challenge,” Michael Beckerman, TikTok’s head of public policy for the Americas, wrote in a memo to staff.
The stakes are high for TikTok, which has exploded to become one of the world’s most popular apps, especially among younger users. The video-sharing platform has over 150 million active users in the United States alone.
By forcing a sale or ban, the new law threatens to disrupt TikTok’s meteoric growth trajectory. However, lawmakers argue the national security implications of TikTok’s foreign ownership now outweigh the app’s entertainment value for millions of Americans.

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