Bipartisan bill to force sale of TikTok from Chinese owners gains committee approval

A House panel approved a bipartisan bill meant force a divestment of TikTok by its China-based parent company, making it the furthest advanced effort yet to crack down on the social media platform over its massive influence over young people and possible ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted in favor of Rep. Mike Gallagher’s (R-WI) Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. The bill would make it unlawful for app stores to host social media applications owned by companies connected to “foreign adversaries” such as China, Russia, or Iran, specifically focusing on TikTok and its parent company ByteDance. The bill now awaits a floor vote in the House.

“Companies controlled by a foreign adversary, like the CCP, will never embrace American values, virtues of our society and culture like freedom of speech, human rights, the rule
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