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US threat to ban TikTok dismissed as just politicking

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Tech expert, Arthur Goldstuck, has rubbished the US House of Representatives’ attempts to ban TikTok as politicking ahead of the November elections.
Goldstuck says this decision is a reflection of geo-political tensions between the US and China.
The US House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill that gives the social media giant’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, six months to sell its controlling stake or have the app blocked in the US.

The bill still needs to be signed by President Joe Biden to become law.

Speaking to YNews, Goldstuck says the spying claims against China which are at the core of the attempt to ban TikTok is nothing compared to standing accusations against Facebook.
The tech expert has however pointed out that the biggest challenge the US might face is how popular it has become, so banning it completely must cause major challenges.

 

According to platform, What’s the Big Data, TikTok is currently one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide with over 1.7 billion users in 2023.

X has been abuzz over the news, with some users expressing their frustrations over this threat, while others have called the US government on its bluff.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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