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Through WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real news April 21, 2024

The House voted 360 to 58 to pass H.R. 8038, which would ban the social media app TikTok in the United States unless its owner divested the company.

This ban is part of the $95 billion foreign aid package that was passed in the House of Representatives on Saturday.

Under the legislation, the app will be banned in the United States if its owner, China-based ByteDance, does not sell its stake within a year.

The app is being attacked as a threat to national security and destructive to the morals and self-esteem of America’s youth. But it also has a powerful influence on users’ worldviews and is an important source of news.

According to a March 15 report from the Columbia Journalism Review:

About a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 regularly get their news via TikTok, according to the Pew Research Center. a study from the end of 2023. Nearly half of all TikTok users say they regularly receive news through the app, a higher percentage than for any other social media platform aside from Twitter.

The report added: “Told Biden administration Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo Bloomberg News a few weeks ago, if Democrats ban TikTok, “the politician in me thinks you will literally lose every voter under 35 forever.”

But TikTok is not expected to disappear anytime soon.

Legal challenges could significantly extend the timeline for banning the app. The company has indicated it will likely go to court to try to block the law if it passes, arguing it would deprive the app’s millions of users of their First Amendment rights.

“We will not stop fighting and advocating for you,” TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew said in a video posted on the platform last month addressed to the app’s users. “We will continue to do everything we can, including exercising our legal rights, to protect this incredible platform we have built with you.”

Dozens of states and the federal government have imposed TikTok bans on government devices. The Texas ban was challenged last year by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, which argued in a lawsuit that the policy hampered academic freedom because it extended to public universities. In December, a federal judge ruled in favor of the state.

“The forced sale of TikTok represents a bipartisan breakthrough against the CCP’s most powerful tool for information warfare against the United States,” said New York Democrat Ritchie Torres. “Congress will no longer stand idly by as the CCP freely uses TikTok as a weapon to corrupt the minds of young Americans, radicalize Americans against their own country, and amplify anti-Semitism on a scale and at a pace unprecedented in human history is seen.”

TikTok launched a $2.1 million ad campaign last month in an effort to stop Congress from voting on a measure to effectively ban the social media app in the US.

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