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Unveiling the Secret Behind TikTok’s Potential Ban: National Security or Social Media Censorship?

The recent buzz around TikTok has stirred up quite a storm in the political arena. With the US House passing a bill aiming to potentially ban the popular video-sharing app, Tiktok.

The bipartisan support for the bill was evident as it sailed through the House with a majority vote of 352 to 65. This legislation aims to address concerns over national security, particularly regarding the potential misuse of user data by ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company. 

The bill would grant ByteDance a six-month window to divest TikTok; failing to do so would result in its ban from US app stores which will affect 170 million users.


Lawmakers argue that ByteDance’s ties to the Chinese government pose a significant risk, as Chinese intelligence laws could compel the company to share sensitive user informations like biometric identifiers, browsing history and location 

Former President Donald Trump, who had previously advocated for banning TikTok, has seemingly shifted his stance on the matter. Despite his earlier support for a ban, Trump’s recent remarks suggested a rethink towards such drastic measures. 

He expressed concerns about the impact of a TikTok ban on competition within the social media community particularly in relation to Facebook, which he has criticized extensively.

While the bill passed in the House with overwhelming support, its fate in the Senate remains uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not committed to bringing the legislation to the Senate floor, indicating that further deliberation and consultation with relevant committees will be necessary.


Proponents of the bill emphasize that its primary objective is not to outright ban TikTok but rather to address national security risks by requiring ByteDance to divest its ownership of the platform. 

This approach aims to safeguard the interests of TikTok’s large user base while mitigating potential security threats posed by foreign ownership.

TikTok, for its part, has strongly opposed the legislation, framing it as an infringement on the constitutional right to free expression. 

The company has launched a campaign within and outside the app, urging users to voice their opposition to the bill. TikTok’s CEO, Shou Chew, has actively engaged with lawmakers in an effort to influence and prevent the passage of the bill.



The passage of this legislation marks a significant development in the ongoing debate surrounding TikTok’s operations in the United States. 

With tensions between the U.S. and China continuing to simmer, the fate of TikTok hangs in the balance as lawmakers tackle competing concerns over national security and free speech.

 As the bill advances to the Senate, its ultimate outcome remains uncertain, leaving TikTok users and stakeholders on edge as they await further developments.


By: Precious Ndukwe


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