In what would be the most extensive American restriction on any social media app, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee agreed along party lines to grant President Joe Biden the authority to outlaw TikTok, which is owned by China.
By a vote of 24 to 16, lawmakers approved the legislation giving the administration new authority to outlaw the ByteDance-owned app and other security-risky apps. Around 100 million Americans use this app.
Because to concerns that user data might get into the hands of the Chinese government and jeopardize Western security interests, TikTok has come under growing pressure in recent weeks. TikTok denied claims of espionage and claimed to have invested more than $1.5 billion in strict data security measures.