U.S.-China internet war intensifies as House passes TikTok ban

The measure, requiring ByteDance to sell the popular app or stop operating in the U.S., now heads to the Senate; TikTok’s general counsel to step down


In the yearslong technology fight between the U.S. and China, the Americans are poised to land a major punch.

The House on Saturday easily passed a bill that would force a sale or ban of TikTok, which is owned by China–based ByteDance, bringing closer to reality a law that could remove the popular app and deepen the internet divide between the two countries.

The measure, which passed 360-58 and was tied to a sweeping aid package for Israel and Ukraine, would give ByteDance up to a year to sell the app — compared with the six-month period proposed in a prior bill. 

If ByteDance can’t find a buyer within that time, TikTok — which has 170 million users in the U.S. — would be banned. 

The Senate could vote on the bill in coming days. President Biden has previously said that he would sign such a bill into law. 

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