The US House overwhelming voted to potentially ban TikTok in the US

March 14 — The United States House of Representatives voted yesterday to have ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, divest from the app. 

There were 352 yes votes for this legislation. 

The idea behind the package is to get TikTok out of the hands of a Chinese company and into a US based company. 

The big question is would there be a US company willing to step up and take over? 

If not, the app would simply go away. 

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it seems like the temperature is lukewarm at best. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said the yes votes included, “Mike Johnson and Nancy Pelosi, just to give listeners an idea of how diverse the group was that was supporting this. Hard to say where it goes in the Senate. I was struck last night that Mark Warner, Democrat from Virginia, Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida, they came out with a joint statement saying to the Senate we need to take this up immediately. TikTok is a national security threat. We need to get this on the agenda and pass it.” 

All the reporting says this would effectively be a ban on TikTok. 

Barkdoll continued, “No one is coming forward to buy it. Secondly, they’re pointing out it’s likely that if a big tech company wanted to buy it, it would never get through regulatory approval anyway. So effectively, it would be a ban.”

TikTok sent a whole lot of users to Washington yesterday in an attempt to lobby support for the app. 

Barkdoll said, “The Senate is now the key. Biden has said he will sign it if the Senate passes it. Chuck Schumer said last night he’s not putting it on the agenda yet. He’s going to leave it up to the committee chairs in the Senate to determine how and when this would get on the floor for a vote.”