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JUST IN: The US House of Representatives bans TikTok

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill by a landslide that would have required TikTok to separate from its Chinese owner or face expulsion from the country.

In an uncommon display of bipartisanship in politically divided Washington, the lawmakers voted 352 times in favor of the new law and 65 times against it.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, according to CNN, celebrated the House’s TikTok bill’s passing and brushed down worries that targeting a well-known app could hurt Republicans in November.

Scalise claimed that the law would provide additional levels of safety for young people, who were unaware of the extent to which the app was compromising their data.

“By protecting those families and young people, this bill allows them to continue using the app they love. Thus, it’s a long-overdue victory for families all around America,” he said.

Scalise stated that he thinks the legislation will pass the Senate more easily because of the House’s resounding support for it. The bill’s House version has not yet been promised to be taken up by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“I’ve spoken with a number of senators, and many of them are examining the strength of this vote. Therefore, the overwhelming support for the bill from both Republicans and Democrats suggests that the Senate will move swiftly to take up this version of the legislation, according to Scalise.

The Chinese government had earlier warned the US that the planned ban on the TikTok app, owned by Chinese people, would “inevitably come back to bite” the nation.

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