The United States Vs. Tiktok

  • By Fanbase User
  • March 14 2024 · 3 min read

Recently, you may have seen in the news that the house in the United States Congress has passed a bill detailing a ban on TikTok, the social media app owned by ByteDance. Formally known as “ ”.  A leading platform in the creator economy, the US House of Representatives has voted on a bill that could potentially lead to a nationwide ban of the app, citing concerns over national security. This article traces the evolution of the TikTok saga, from its initial legal battles to the latest developments in Congress.

TikTok’s troubles in the United States began with allegations that its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, posed national security risks due to potential data access by the Chinese government. These concerns prompted executive orders seeking to ban TikTok, leading to legal challenges and negotiations aimed at finding a solution that satisfied both security concerns and the app’s American user base.

Provided down below is a birds eye view timeline of The United States Vs. Tiktok.

2018-2021: TikTok experiences explosive growth in the United States, becoming one of the most popular social media platforms with over 170 million American users.

2020: The Trump administration issues executive orders seeking to ban TikTok over national security concerns, sparking legal battles and negotiations for potential sales of its US operations to American companies.

January 2022: The situation remains unresolved, with ongoing legal challenges and negotiations for the sale of TikTok’s US operations.

March 2024: The US House of Representatives votes on a bill that could lead to a nationwide ban of TikTok unless it is spun off from ByteDance within five months. The bill passes with a vote of 352 to 65, garnering bipartisan support.

March 2024 (contd.): Uncertainty looms over the bill’s future in the Senate, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer remaining uncommitted to the next steps. Senators Warner and Rubio urge support for the bill, while Senator Cantwell seeks a durable process to address national security risks posed by foreign entities.

We will not stop fighting and advocating for you. We will continue to do all we can including exercising our legal rights to protect this amazing platform that we have built with you,” TikTok CEO Shou Chew said in  response to the bill  criticizing it as an attack on freedom of expression and warning of its potential impact on American jobs and businesses. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump, once a proponent of banning TikTok, has equivocated on his position, highlighting the complex political dynamics at play, “Frankly, there are a lot of people on TikTok that love it,” Trump told CNBC.

The journey of TikTok in the United States reflects a complex interplay of concerns surrounding data privacy, national security, and geopolitics. From legal battles to congressional debates, the app’s future hangs in the balance, with implications for millions of American users and the broader landscape of social media regulation. As the saga continues to unfold, stakeholders remain vigilant, awaiting clarity on TikTok’s fate in the US market.


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