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US Senate passes bill to force sale of TikTok, sending it to Biden for signature

The US Senate has passed a bill that would force TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to sell the popular social media platform within nine months under the threat of a ban. The legislation was included in a larger foreign aid package and is expected to be signed by President Joe Biden. The move comes after years of concerns in Washington over Chinese threats and the ownership of TikTok, with lawmakers citing national security risks and potential data privacy issues. TikTok has vowed to challenge the law in court, arguing it violates free speech rights.

Sources: - https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c87zp82247yo - https://apnews.com/article/tiktok-ban-congress-bill-1c48466df82f3684bd6eb21e61ebcb8d - https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/04/23/tiktok-ban-senate-vote-sale-biden/ - https://thehill.com/policy/technology/4616071-senate-poised-to-pass-bill-that-could-ban-tiktok/ - https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2024/4/24/us-senate-passes-bill-to-force-sale-of-tiktok-sending-it-to-biden

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