Biden will ban TikTok unless Chinese owner ByteDance sells it

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After a vote in the Senate tied to foreign aid late on Tuesday, President Biden will sign into law a requirement for ByteDance to sell or divest its TikTok platform within a year.

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TikTok could be banned in the US



The combination bill including a potential TikTok ban was approved first by the House of Representatives, and now also by the Senate. President Biden says he will sign it into law on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

According to Reuters, the legislation mandates that TikTok will be banned if ByteDance does not divest its ownership within nine months. There is a possible extension of a further three months if a deal is still in progress.

The US government's stated concern is that ByteDance is a Chinese company and therefore the country's government could access the data of US TikTok users. ByteDance continues to insist that it has never and would never pass data to China's government.

"For years we've allowed the Chinese Communist party to control one of the most popular apps in America that was dangerously shortsighted," Senator Marco Rubio told Reuters. "A new law is going to require its Chinese owner to sell the app. This is a good move for America."

The Senate voted 79 to 18 in favor of the bill. It was attached to the measure to provide $95 billion in aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

Senator Ed Markey said that while the law was phrased so as to require ByteDance to divest, it was really still about banning TikTok.

"We should be very clear about the likely outcome of this law... it's really just a TikTok ban," he said. "Censorship is not who we are as a people. We should not downplay or deny this trade-off."

ByteDance has not yet commented publicly on the Senate's approval of the legislation, or of President Biden saying he will sign it into law. However, Reuters reports that the company told TikTok staff that it will quickly protest the case in court.

The US government's aim to ban TikTok began in 2020 with former President Trump. He is presently, though, claiming to be against banning it.




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  • Reply 1 of 12
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 3,346member
    It sure is nice to see a bipartisan effort to help protect our national security.
    keithwbaconstangronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 12
    ciacia Posts: 260member
    They gonna ban the TikTok website also? 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 12
    ronnronn Posts: 668member
    "TikTok says it has never been asked to provide U.S. user data to the Chinese government and wouldn’t if asked."

    BS -- on both points. They would turn over date in a heartbeat if the CCP demanded it. And they've misused and shared U.S. user data in the past despite their numerous statements to the contrary. The CCP doesn't allow TikTok in China for a reason.
    keithwbaconstangbeowulfschmidtwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,439member
    It just makes no sense. When you're on social media, CCP has access to many details about you. What makes TikTok different? 
     
  • Reply 5 of 12
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 3,346member
    netrox said:
    It just makes no sense. When you're on social media, CCP has access to many details about you. What makes TikTok different? 
     
    I believe the key difference is between (1) having conscious, informed, non-coerced control over what you choose to share [the ideal social media scenario] versus (2) having data about you (including your location) surreptitiously harvested and sent to the CCP. 

    Right now, companies like Meta surreptitiously harvest data and use it for targeted advertising. Not ideal, but not a direct threat to national security. 

    Tik-Tok, on the other hand, surreptitiously harvests data and sends it to the CCP for purposes unknown (but reasonably presumed harmful). 
    ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 12
    kmareikmarei Posts: 193member
    blastdoor said:
    It sure is nice to see a bipartisan effort to help protect our national security.
    I would like to see the same enthusiasm from our congress about protecting our personal data when all these American companies websites get hacked and all our REAL personal info gets leaked including social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers  etc are leaked and sold to the highest bidder, including the US government . They don't need to spy on us be where they can just buy our data from American  social media companies 

    so the CCP knows I like big knockers and cars?
    im ok with that :)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 12
    kmareikmarei Posts: 193member
    blastdoor said:
    netrox said:
    It just makes no sense. When you're on social media, CCP has access to many details about you. What makes TikTok different? 
     
    I believe the key difference is between (1) having conscious, informed, non-coerced control over what you choose to share [the ideal social media scenario] versus (2) having data about you (including your location) surreptitiously harvested and sent to the CCP. 

    Right now, companies like Meta surreptitiously harvest data and use it for targeted advertising. Not ideal, but not a direct threat to national security. 

    Tik-Tok, on the other hand, surreptitiously harvests data and sends it to the CCP for purposes unknown (but reasonably presumed harmful). 
    Facebook sold all our "PRIVATE MESSAGES" to Netflix for 100 million.
    so it's not like our personal data is safe with American companies either.
    remember, YOU are the product of any social media company, not FB, Instagram etc
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 12
    kmareikmarei Posts: 193member
    Would have loved to see how the US would have reacted if china said Facebook has to be sold to a Chinese company or it would be blocked in china.
    the US would have lost its marbles
    free competition! Fair trade rules! government intervention  by the communists! etc etc 

    guess all that lobbying money spent by AIPAC and Amazon paid off :)

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 12
    ronnronn Posts: 668member
    kmarei said:
    Would have loved to see how the US would have reacted if china said Facebook has to be sold to a Chinese company or it would be blocked in china.
    the US would have lost its marbles
    free competition! Fair trade rules! government intervention  by the communists! etc etc 

    guess all that lobbying money spent by AIPAC and Amazon paid off :)

    Doh!! Facebook and other U.S. social media companies are blocked in China.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 12
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 7,774member
    ronn said:
    kmarei said:
    Would have loved to see how the US would have reacted if china said Facebook has to be sold to a Chinese company or it would be blocked in china.
    the US would have lost its marbles
    free competition! Fair trade rules! government intervention  by the communists! etc etc 

    guess all that lobbying money spent by AIPAC and Amazon paid off :)

    Doh!! Facebook and other U.S. social media companies are blocked in China.
    "would have reacted if... " 

    It's purely hypothetical. 
  • Reply 11 of 12
    ronnronn Posts: 668member
    avon b7 said:
    ronn said:
    kmarei said:
    Would have loved to see how the US would have reacted if china said Facebook has to be sold to a Chinese company or it would be blocked in china.
    the US would have lost its marbles
    free competition! Fair trade rules! government intervention  by the communists! etc etc 

    guess all that lobbying money spent by AIPAC and Amazon paid off :)

    Doh!! Facebook and other U.S. social media companies are blocked in China.
    "would have reacted if... " 

    It's purely hypothetical. 
    Hypothetically I'm more likely to be the Messiah before The CCP will allow U.S. social media apps. They also banned other innocuous U.S. apps ( media and social platforms) and heavily restrict VPN usage with severe penalties on users for simply sharing keywords, phrases or photos.

    Again, China doesn't even allow Tik Tok in China. It's telling the lengths The CCP will go to to prop up the app abroad while disallowing it at home. That tells us that the original ban by the Trump administration should have been better implemented to restrict or outright ban TikTok in 2020.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    You can see that this is what the Zionists want and what government officials backed and supported by AIPAC are working on getting passed as they can not censor freedom of speech that goes against their interests. They complained about China’s freedom of speech so China gave them TikTok and that was a bit too much freedom speech against Fox News narratives,Bill Maher narratives,Ben Shapiro narratives,Israeli narratives,AIPAC narratives and you get the picture lol.. Push for sale or full ban in country that supposedly loves Democracy and freedom of speech. Zuckerberg didn’t like the competition from TikTok either..
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