Congress’s Tik-Tok ban is making users angry

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Will TikTok be banned?

A key House committee voted unanimously Thursday to advance bipartisan legislation that would force China’s ByteDance to sell off TikTok or face a ban in the United States.

Before the 50-0 vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lawmakers received a classified briefing on national security concerns raised by TikTok’s Chinese ownership.

The legislation is widely seen as the most potent threat yet to the wildly popular app that is used by 170 million Americans.

The White House also has thrown its support behind the bill, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday. That further raises the political heat on TikTok.

“This bill is important. We welcome this step,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

TikTok, which denies it shares data about its U.S. users with Beijing, launched a campaign Thursday warning that the app was at risk of being shut down in the U.S.

Angry TikTok users flooded lawmakers with phone calls, urging them not to support the bill. Some users said on the social media platform X that they were unable to use the app unless they placed a call to Congress.


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