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USA, April 24 (BBC) - The US Senate has approved a controversial landmark bill that could see TikTok banned in America.

It gives TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, nine months to sell its stake or the app will be blocked in the United States.

The bill will now be handed over to US President, Joe Biden, who has said he will sign it into law as soon as it reaches his desk.

If that happens, ByteDance will have to seek approval from Chinese officials to complete a forced sale, which Beijing has vowed to oppose. Analysts say the process could take years.
The measure was passed as part of a package of four bills which also included military aid for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and other US partners in the Indo- Pacific.

It got widespread support from lawmakers with 79 Senators voting for it and 18 voting against it.

"For years we've allowed the Chinese Communist party to control one of the most popular apps in America that was dangerously short-sighted," said Senator Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee.

"A new law is going to require its Chinese owner to sell the app. This is a good move for America," he added.

TikTok did not immediately respond to a BBC request for comment.

Last week, the social media company said the bill would "trample the free speech rights of 170 million Americans, devastate seven million businesses, and shutter a platform that contributes $24 billion to the US economy, annually."

TikTok's chief executive, Shou Zi Chew, said last month the company will continue to do all it can including exercising its "legal rights" to protect the platform.

University of Richmond law professor, Carl Tobias told the BBC that a prolonged legal battle is likely to follow and that "could take about two years".

He also said if a buyer for ByteDance's stake is not found within the nine-month period, it could delay any action against TikTok in the US further.

  Comments - 15

  • Jeanne Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:26 AM

    BRILLIANT news. The rest of the world should follow suit. Tik Tok is the biggest curse and destroyers of our social nucleus of the 21st century.

    European Wednesday, 24 April 2024 12:16 PM

    Spot on!

    Ram Wednesday, 24 April 2024 12:51 PM

    The multi polar world has began no need to follow the expired world order.

    Roisin Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:28 PM

    The multi polar Chinese imperialism has began and there is no need at all to follow this dictatorship. Ram, do you have any idea about the Chinese intelligence database, provided by TikTok?

    Sokratees Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:37 PM

    @ Roisin. China produces the largest number of electric cars. But the technology was stolen from BMW through espionage.

    Ram Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:07 PM

    @Roisin my friend! I think you are still in the imperial colonised mentality that Americans could keep a Database or they dont have database. We Srilankans could be part of Chinese, Russians, Iranian and Indians that is what we called multi polar world.

    Shera Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:08 PM

    Trump was working on this when he was president. He made China allow US to own part of tik tok at the time it was the compromise. Thereafter Tiktok ran ads on TV to show how the app has benefitted people as they tried to influence the public against any ban. Now that elections near Biden is finishing Trump's agendas to get the Trump votes. Either way tiktok needs to get shut down. The people who make a living on tiktok will have to find a real job in the real world. Let's see how they will survive now.

    Roisin Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:52 PM

    Ram: but you don't have to make this so easy for China. TikTok offers all your personal data to China on a golden plate.

    KD Wednesday, 24 April 2024 05:18 PM

    China has banned Google, Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp etc from Day 1 so why should US allow this anyway toxic for mental health app?

    Citizens Wednesday, 24 April 2024 07:59 PM

    Excellent! Rest of the world should follow this too.

    Tik Tok Took Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:20 PM

    So the Americans are taking their bat and ball and going home? The Chinese will retaliate with a ban on products such as Facebook, Apple, Google etc.

    navratne willamune Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:27 AM

    what happened to free trade without borders,the west is finding that they cant compete with China and other devaloping nations.shameful imposing barriers,when they cant compeat,so that consumers get a better deal

    navratne willamune Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:46 AM

    freedom of speach and expresion, Americans claims they are the guardians? hypocrits

    Roisin Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:36 AM

    Freedom of speech in China??????

    M Fernando Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:01 PM

    China claims no such thing, while the Americans are always shoving it down everyone's gullet, along with their "gifts" of Democracy and Civilisation - just like us Sri Lankans trumpeting our 2500 Years.

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