By Cristiano Lima-Strong,, 3-13-24

The House overwhelmingly passed a measure March 13 to force TikTok to split from its parent company or face a national ban, a lightning offensive that materialized abruptly after years of unsuccessful negotiations over the platform’s fate.

The legislation, approved 352 to 65 with 1 voting present, is a sweeping bipartisan rebuke of the popular video-sharing app – and an attempt to grapple with allegations that its China-based parent, ByteDance, presents national security risks.  The House effort gained momentum last week after President Biden said he would sign the bill if Congress passed it.

But its fate now rests in the Senate, where some lawmakers have expressed concern it may run afoul of the Constitution by infringing on millions of Americans’ rights to free expression and by explicitly targeting a business operating in the United States.  » Read More