April 19, 2024
TikTok’s U.S. workplace in Culver Metropolis. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A invoice that might give TikTok‘s Chinese language proprietor six months to promote the social media enterprise to a U.S. firm or face a ban handed the Home of Representatives on Wednesday, however break up the San Diego delegation.

The invoice handed 352-65 on bipartisan help with Reps. Darrell Issa, Mike Levin and Scott Peters voting in favor, however Sara Jacobs and Juan Vargas voting towards.

Jacobs acknowledged the potential safety menace posed by Chinese language possession of an app utilized by 170 million Individuals, however known as the laws a “blunt instrument” that undermines freedom of speech.

“As a member of each the Home Armed Companies and Home Overseas Affairs Committees, I’m keenly conscious of the menace that PRC data operations can pose, particularly as they relate to our elections,” Jacobs mentioned. “Nevertheless, after reviewing the intelligence, I don’t consider that this invoice is the reply to these threats.”

“The USA has rightly criticized others for censorship and banning particular social media platforms up to now. Doing so ourselves now would tarnish our credibility,” she added.

Vargas echoed the liberty of speech issues, saying “We should always reply to any nationwide safety menace posed by TikTok in a method that stays true to our nation’s dedication to freedom of speech.”

Lawmakers mentioned their places of work had obtained giant volumes of calls from teen-age TikTok customers who oppose the laws, with the amount of complaints at occasions exceeding the variety of calls looking for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The invoice faces a extra unsure path within the Senate the place some favor a unique strategy to regulating foreign-owned apps posing safety issues. And TikTok is now focusing its lobbying on that chamber.

“We’re working tirelessly to proceed educating the Senate concerning the impression this proposed laws would have on the 170 million Individuals who use our service,” TikTok instructed workers in a memo. “Our technique stays the identical — we proceed to consider that one of the simplest ways to handle issues about nationwide safety is with clear, U.S.-based safety of U.S. person information.”

Reuters contributed to this text.