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The future of TikTok in the United States

TikTok, a popular video platform, is suing the Trump administration following the President's executive order that would ban the app in the United States.
TikTok, a popular video platform, is suing the Trump administration following the President's executive order that would ban the app in the United States.

Some 170 million Americans use the social video app TikTok, according to the company.

And scrolling through it – you’ll see everything from discussions about economics, and foreign policy to viral dance trends.Lawmakers are concerned that TikTok poses a national security threat because of who owns it – Beijing-based Bytedance.

Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher sponsored a bipartisan bill that overwhelmingly passed the house in a 352-65 vote. It calls for TikTok to divest from its China-based parent company in six months, or face a ban in the U.S.

President Joe Biden has said he would sign the bill into law, but it faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

What’s the future of TikTok in the U.S.? Is the app really a threat to our national security or is a potential ban a threat to our first amendment rights?

Copyright 2024 WAMU 88.5

Anna Casey

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