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HomeTechUS President Joe Biden backs TikTok ban

US President Joe Biden backs TikTok ban

US President

Joe Biden

has expressed support for legislation that could potentially ban

TikTok

in the

United States

, even as his 2024 re-election campaign recently joined the platform. The move comes amid growing concerns about the app’s Chinese parent company,

ByteDance

, and the potential risks it poses to national security.
The proposed legislation, the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, would require ByteDance to divest its ownership of TikTok within six months or face a ban from U.S.

app stores and web-hosting services.
“If they pass it, I’ll sign it,” US President Joe Biden told reporters.
The bill has received unanimous approval from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It is set to be voted on by the full House next week.

Former President Donald Trump, seeking a return to the White House in the November election, has expressed objections to banning TikTok. In a post on social media, Trump stated that if TikTok were to be banned, rival platform Facebook would “double their business,” adding that he does not want Facebook “doing better,” as reported by Reuters. Trump’s campaign has not officially joined TikTok, while Biden’s recently established a presence on the app.

The Justice Department of the US has advised Congress that a divestiture bill would be more stable legal than an outright ban, as it would give the government the authority to force ByteDance to sell TikTok. National security officials and lawmakers have long warned about the potential risks associated with the app, including the collection of sensitive user data and the possibility of the Chinese government using the platform to spread misinformation or propaganda.
TikTok has pushed back against the proposed legislation, arguing that it violates the constitutional right to free expression for its 170 million American users, according to The New York Times. The company has also urged its users to contact their representatives to voice their opposition to the bill, resulting in a flood of calls to lawmakers’ offices.