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Tiktok: ‘US tells ByteDance to sell Tiktok or be banned’ – Usky News

San Francisco: The US government has told China bytedance To sell your shares in Blockbuster TIC Toc The app or face a national ban, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Western powers, including the European Union and the United States, are taking an increasingly hardline approach to the app amid fears that user data could be used or misused by Chinese authorities.
Concerns grew after a Chinese spy balloon was shot down in US airspace earlier this year.
The White House last week welcomed a bill that would allow President Joe Biden to ban TikTok, the US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.
A bipartisan bill “would empower the United States government to prevent certain foreign governments from exploiting technology services … in a way that poses a risk to Americans’ sensitive data and our national security,” Sullivan said.
The Senate bill and White House support accelerated political momentum against TikTok, which is also the target of separate legislation in the US House of Representatives.
Looking tough on China is one of the rare issues with the potential for bipartisan support in both the Republican-run House and Senate, where Biden’s Democratic Party holds a majority.
TikTok claims it has more than a billion users worldwide, including more than 100 million in the US, where it has become a cultural force, especially among young people.
Activists argue that the ban would be an assault on free speech, and prevent the export of American culture and values ​​to TikTok users around the world.
In January, US government employees were banned from installing TikTok on their devices.
Civil servants in the European Union as well as in Canada have also been barred from having TikTok on their phones.
According to the Journal’s report, the ultimatum to TikTok was given by the US agency charged with assessing the risks of foreign investment to national security.
US officials as well as TikTok declined to comment on the report.
TikTok has consistently denied sharing data with Chinese authorities and says it has been working with the US for nearly two years to address national security concerns.
According to market tracker Insider Intelligence, the time spent by users on TikTok has exceeded the time spent on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and television titan Netflix is ​​closing in on streaming.


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