Are you ready for the post-TikTok world?

Are you ready for the post-TikTok world?

by CULTED
2 min

Yesterday, the US Senate voted to pass a bill that could see TikTok banned in the United States, if it’s not sold from its Chinese parent company ByteDance within a year. A majority of 79 senators voted in favour of the bill.

The law means ByteDance will have one year to sell TikTok to a US-based company, or it will face being banned. If the announcement has left you scratching your head, then here’s why it was passed. US officials fear the app could pose a threat, with the data of millions of Americans visible to a Chinese company. For a long time, US lawmakers have shared concerns that the Chinese government will be using the data to influence politics in the US.

In March, TikTok CEO Shou Chew responded to the bill via a short-form video on Twitter, stating that TikTok has “invested to keep your data safe and our platform free from outside manipulation,” later arguing that “this bill gives more power to a handful of other social media companies.”TikTok is expected to oppose the ruling

Chew said that the legislation “will put more than 300,000 American jobs at risk, and it will take away your TikTok ” before concluding with a plea. “I encourage you to keep sharing your stories. Share them with your friends, share them with your family, share them with your senators. Protect your constitutional rights. Make your voices heard.” 

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