Joe Biden to be empowered to ban TikTok as U.S House passes the DATA Act

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has voted in favour of a bill that could give President Joe Biden the power to ban TikTok.

The Deterring America’s Technological Adversaries (DATA) Act passed 24-16. All Democrats voted no.

Before the bill gets to Biden, it still needs to pass in the Senate, as well as the rest of the House.

The U.S. government has taken the precaution of banning the app on government-issued devices. Several state governments have followed suit.

TikTok is owned by the private China-based company ByteDance. TikTok representatives have repeatedly said that Chinese government officials cannot access American user data.

Government bodies worry that Chinese officials could access this data whether ByteDance wants to share it or not.

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