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House passes TikTok crackdown that could ban app in U.S.

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The House just put its foot down on TikTok, sending ripples through Capitol Hill with a bold move that might end up sidelining the app in the U.S. This decisive action, which seemed to come out of nowhere after years of back-and-forth, is now the talk of the town, especially with the Senate next in line to weigh in. But there, it’s not going to be a walk in the park—there are plenty of raised eyebrows and constitutional headaches to deal with.

With a hefty majority of 352 to 65 votes, and one person sitting on the fence, the House didn’t just nudge but rather pushed TikTok into a corner. It’s either break away from its parent company ByteDance or get ready to say goodbye to its American fans.

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This comes hot on the heels of a bipartisan concern over the app’s origins and the potential for it to be a Trojan horse for China’s snooping and influence operations—allegations TikTok vehemently denies, though concrete proof remains elusive.

This legislation picked up speed especially after President Biden, hinting at his approval, threw his weight behind it. But as the baton passes to the Senate, the waters get murkier. The debate is heating up over Americans’ free speech rights and the fairness of targeting a company that, despite its Chinese roots, is trying to play by the U.S. rulebook.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made it clear: it’s about drawing a line in the sand, refusing to let adversaries use our own freedoms as a weapon against us. Yet, the underlying tension points to a larger quandary—how to balance national security concerns with the global nature of tech and the rights of millions who find a voice on platforms like TikTok.

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This article written with AI assistance.

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