TikTokers speak out against newly passed House bill

by ian

TikTok users continue to speak out against a controversial bill that would ban the app. The House overwhelmingly passed the measure yesterday, even as a number of content creators protested outside.

Should the measure become law, it would force TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to divest its U.S. assets in six months or be banned. Over the past few years, lawmakers have become increasingly concerned that China is using TikTok to spy on Americans and spread propaganda.

But many of TikTok’s 170 million American users have different concerns as many use the platform as a major source of income. TikTok has been lobbying against the bill since last week, resulting in nonstop phone calls to congressional offices.

The broader public is more split on the issue. An AP poll from January shows roughly a third of Americans support a ban, while another third oppose it, although more than half say the app should be banned on government devices.