Revamped TikTok ‘ban’ rolled into foreign aid bill improves its chances of passing

The House’s $95 billion relief package to Ukraine and Israel includes a measure that would ban TikTok if its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, does not divest — an unusual move orchestrated by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and House leadership.

The popular app has garnered scrutiny from lawmakers over fears the company is sharing user data with the Chinese Communist Party. Lawmakers are also concerned the app creates a harmful and manipulative algorithm, pushing pro-Hamas rhetoric and promoting sensitive topics such as anorexia to teenagers.

The new measure has extended the time frame for ByteDance to divest to nine months, up from the original six months, and also allows for a three-month extension. Similar to the original bill, if it does not meet this deadline, the app will be banned in the U.S.

Paul Gallant, policy analyst for
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