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House of Representatives Passes a Tiktok Ban Bill

House of Representatives Passes a Tiktok Ban Bill

 

On Mar. 13, The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill for a nation-wide Tiktok ban. According to the Cable News Network (CNN), many government officials fear that Tiktok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, is collecting U.S. users’ information. If this is true, then the company would have to share the information with the Chinese government, if ordered. They also fear that the company is attempting to influence U.S. politics. 

Representatives from the popular social media app state that this ban would infringe upon users’ and the app’s rights to free speech. If the ban is successful in the Senate, then ByteDance will have five months to sell the app to another company or remove it from all U.S. app stores and devices. This isn’t the first U.S. Tiktok ban. According to CNN, in May 2023, there was a nationwide ban of Tiktok on all government-owned devices. 

This legislation has encouraged waves of protest amongst younger people, especially those who rely on Tiktok for a source of income. According to CNN, a Tiktok ban similar to the proposed bill in the U.S. was passed in India in 2020, and users have found ways to cope with its loss by turning to other social media apps for income and entertainment. 

While many fear that Tiktok will be banned in a matter of a few months, it could take even longer, depending on the speed of Senate proceedings. According to the Washington Post, many Senators wish to slow the process of voting on the bill, as they fear how the outcome will affect the upcoming presidential election in November. However, this could allow time for ByteDance to attempt to undermine the bill.

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Bella Fitch
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Sophomore Bella Fitch is a first-year reporter for the Prowler. She decided to join the Prowler because she is passionate about writing. She thought it would be a fun change of pace to write articles and learn a new writing style. Outside of school, Fitch  takes part in the RCHS marching band, Rockbridge Youth Choral, and the Blue Forest Theater Academy’s spring productions. In her free time she likes to draw, cook, and read. When she is not  exploring new cuisines or singing along to her favorite musicals, she likes to spend some time out in the pastures with her goats. Some of the school subjects she is most passionate about include english, history, band, and art. 

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