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TikTok bill will widen US-China rifts

Thursday, March 14, 2024


This act would ban TikTok in the United States unless its Chinese owner, ByteDance, sells the video-sharing app within 180 days of the legislation becoming law. TikTok is a long-running target for Republicans because of national security concerns about its Chinese ownership, but the bill poses a dilemma for Democrats.


  • The largest US tech companies would likely face regulatory scrutiny over a purchase of TikTok.
  • Banning TikTok could allow Meta and Google to consolidate their market shares and exercise greater pricing power over advertising inventory.
  • TikTok rallying its users to lobby their elected representatives will be cited as ‘weaponisation’ capacity, justifying the app’s ban.

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