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US House passes another “TikTok ban” bill: What has changed – Times of India

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The US House of Representatives has passed a new bill that may lead to a ban on TikTok in the country or require the app’s Chinese owner ByteDance to sell the popular short-video making platform.
Previously in March, the House passed a bill aiming to force TikTok, which is used by over 170 million Americans, to sell its US operations within six months.Non-compliance would lead to a ban from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

What is the difference between the two bills

In the new bill, ByteDance will have about nine months to divest its stake, instead of a six-month deadline. This deadline can be further extended by the White House for 90 days. Additionally, the House Republicans have inserted the new TikTok bill into a much larger foreign aid package.
This means that rather than asking the Senate to vote on the TikTok bill in isolation, the House is “bundling the bill with foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel makes it much harder for lawmakers to oppose the TikTok measure”.
Senators could try to strip out the TikTok legislation but reportedly, the odds of Senate passage are as high as 80%.
If the Senate votes to approve the TikTok bill, which has been passed 360-58 with strong support from a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, it will head to President Joe Biden’s approval.
“Biden endorsed the prior version of the TikTok bill, which suggests he may quickly sign any foreign aid package that includes similar language targeting TikTok,” according to the report by news agency IANS (via CNN).
TikTok CEO, Shou Chew, said in March to continue fighting, “including exercising our legal rights.”

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