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Sell or ban: House approves anti-TikTok measure attached to foreign aid proposal

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TikTok bill passed

TikTok’s days may be numbered after the House approved legislation Saturday that would ban the popular social media app nationwide unless its Chinese owners sell.

Under the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 360-to-58 vote, TikTok's parent company ByteDance has up to a year to divest before the prohibition begins.

President Joe Biden has already expressed support for the effort, which Speaker Mike Johnson attached to a larger foreign aid package that includes three bills that separately provides billions for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific region.

A previous version passed by the House earlier this year gave ByteDance six months to sell, but that plan stalled in the Senate. Given that this measure is attached to the foreign aid package, it will be difficult for Congress' upper chamber to ignore.

Roughly 170 million Americans use TikTok, which has sparked a major debate in the country that has pitted First Amendment advocates against those with growing national security concerns.


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