In a significant move, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill proposing a nationwide ban on TikTok unless its Chinese owners divest their stake. This decision, supported by a substantial majority, highlights growing concerns over national security and data privacy, attributing a potential data theft threat to China’s legal prerogatives over companies within its jurisdiction. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers emphasized the urgency of the situation, offering TikTok an ultimatum to either disengage from ByteDance or face a ban. The controversy extends into international relations, with China accusing the U.S. of unjust suppression. Meanwhile, the Senate’s impending decision and actions by states like Montana underscore the complex geopolitical and technological dimensions of the issue.

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