Wednesday, the House decided 352 to 65, that TikTok, a popular app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, might have to be sold off within the next 180 days or it could be banned in the U.S. This move is due to worries about ties to the Chinese government and the potential for U.S. user data to be accessed. Despite the concern for that data release, some politicians and many of TikTok’s 170 million U.S. users argue that this ban could hurt the economy and limit social engagement. The bill is now awaiting further consideration in the Senate, and President Biden has indicated he would sign it if passed. I struggle with both sides of the coin here, but lean towards less government intervention.

The legislation requires TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to sell it within 180 days or risk TikTok being banned from U.S. app stores and web hosting services.

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