US inches closer to ban TikTok nationwide over data security concerns

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has voted in favor of banning TikTok in the US, advancing a bill that would allow US President Joe Biden to ban the Chinese short-video making app in the country.

This move reflects ongoing concerns in the US government and among the public about the potential security risks associated with Chinese-owned technology companies. The US government has previously taken steps to restrict the use of technology products from Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE, citing concerns about their ties to the Chinese government and the potential for these companies to be used for espionage or other nefarious purposes.

TikTok has also faced scrutiny from US lawmakers and regulators over concerns about data privacy and national security. The company has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has taken steps to address these concerns, including implementing data security measures and establishing a US-based data center.

Overall, the House Foreign Affairs Committee's vote in favor of banning TikTok in the US is a significant development, but it remains to be seen whether the bill will ultimately be passed into law or whether TikTok will be able to continue operating in the US under certain conditions. It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds in the coming weeks and months.