The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that could lead to the banning of TikTok, unless the social media platform can sever ties with its Chinese parent company, ByteDance. This legislation, known as "Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act," aims to safeguard American citizens from apps influenced by adversarial nations, marking a critical step in addressing national security concerns associated with foreign-owned technology platforms.

With a vote tally of 352 in favor and 65 against, the bill reflects concern over the potential for Chinese laws to compel ByteDance to share data on U.S. users with the Chinese government. Despite assurances from TikTok that U.S. user data is stored outside China and protected, lawmakers remain unconvinced. The bill now awaits approval from the Senate, where its fate remains uncertain. President Joe Biden has expressed his intention to sign the bill into law if it passes.

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Nepal’s decision comes as a response to concerns over the misuse of the platform, which has led to more than 1,600 TikTok-related cybercrime cases registered in the country over the past four years.

Critics of the bill, including rights activists and TikTok representatives, argue that it infringes on free speech and imposes censorship. They also point out the potential economic impact on the 7 million small businesses and 170 million Americans who use TikTok. However, proponents emphasize that the legislation is not an outright ban but a measure to ensure TikTok operates independently of ByteDance, mitigating the perceived threat to national security.

This legislative action underscores the ongoing debate over the balance between national security and free expression in the digital age, as governments worldwide grapple with the challenges posed by globally operated social media platforms.