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Bill on a ban on TikTok in the US moves forward

There’s a move afoot in the US government to have TikTok banned–or, at the very least to have Chinese parent Bytedance sell the company. The big concern is that TikTok could be a risk when it comes to spying on US citizens.

A House committee bill has moved forward. If it makes it all the way through to law, it would prohibit TikTok from being available in US app stores. Bytedance would be given 165 days to sell. If they don’t, no more TikTok in any app store for Americans. TikTok would for all intents and purposes be illegal. About 170 million people have TikTok on their devices.

The bill goes even further, saying that committee members are thinking about other apps that are “controlled by foreign adversary companies.”

TikTok is, of course, quite pissed. This message showed up Thursday (March 7) when users signed on. (Via The Verge)

Apparently, thousands of kids and teens have taken up the cause, “hammering” lawmakers’ phones from their schools.

In other concerning news for TikTok, Instagram has just passed TikTok in an important metric.

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