May 30, 2024

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TikTok may be banned in the US

TikTok may be banned in the US

The US House of Representatives has approved an amended version of legislation requiring TikTok parent company ByteDance to sell the platform within a year. If this doesn't happen, the platform will be banned in the US.

As stated therein The Washington Post Byte Dance will be given a maximum of 360 days to exclude TikTok. The bill now expressly targets TikTok and ByteDance, but it would give the president the power to impose a similar ultimatum on other apps deemed “controlled” by “foreign adversaries.”

Spy work

TikTok is very popular in the US with around 170 million users. However, the app has been a thorn in Washington's side due to national security fears. “TikTok is a spy bubble on Americans' phones that can be used to monitor and exploit America's private information,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introducing the measure for debate. Last month, President Biden said he would sign the TikTok bill if Congress passes it.

Banned in the Netherlands

People in the Netherlands fear espionage by Chinese companies. For example, Utrecht Municipality employees must remove apps from TikTok, Shein, Temu, AliExpress, Wechat and Pinduoduo from their workplace phones and computers. Fashion United. The municipality also recommends not installing such apps on private devices. The central government, but the AIVD, recommends not using the apps.

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