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Biden Signals He Will Sign TikTok ‘Ban’ If Congress Passes Legislation

President Joe Biden signaled Friday that he intends to approve new legislation in Congress that could lead to a ban on TikTok.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday unanimously voted to advance a bipartisan bill that would force China-based company ByteDance to sell its subsidiary app TikTok or face removal from US President Biden. I decided to do it. Said He told reporters Friday that he would give the bill the green light if Congress passes it. (Related: President Trump says banning TikTok will help 'enemy' Facebook)

“If it passes, I'll sign it,” Biden said before boarding Air Force One for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The bill must first pass the House and then the Senate before reaching Biden's desk for final approval. House Republican leaders plan to move the bill to a House vote as early as next Wednesday. according to To semaphor.

Democratic Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell said Thursday that she is “deeply concerned about the exploitation of Americans' sensitive data by foreign adversaries,” adding, “I will work with both the House and Senate to find a constitutional path forward.” I plan to discuss this with members of Congress.” and protect civil liberties,” Semaphore said.

“I'm not going to make the perfect man the enemy of the good man. If this is something that actually moves the House, I'm going to give it a hard look,” said Mark Warner, Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. told Semaphore.

Formerly the White House shown He said he intends to support the bill and is providing “technical assistance” in its development, but that the bill is not technically a “prohibition.” According to Semafor, TikTok would only be threatened with removal if ByteDance refuses to sell TikTok within 180 days of the bill's passage. (Related: Children bombard lawmakers with phone calls after petition from Chinese-owned app)

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “We do not consider this a ban on these apps, but rather those whose ownership could harm us. We need to make sure that it does not fall into the hands of others.” Briefing on Wednesday. “This obviously concerns our national security, and that's what we're focused on here.”

Former President Donald Trump took a different view of the bill, warning on Thursday that “Facebook and Zuckerschmuck will double their business” if TikTok is banned in the United States.

“Facebook cheated in the last election and I don't want them to do better. They are the true enemy of the people!” Trump Posted In real social.

TikTok protested the bill this week, claiming it would result in a “total ban.”

“This bill would trample on the First Amendment rights of 170 million Americans and deprive 5 million small businesses of the platform they depend on for growth and job creation.” TikTok said in a statement. statement The bill was first announced Tuesday.

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