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House Republicans move ahead with TikTok vote even as Trump voices opposition

House Republicans are pressing forward with a vote to mandate the sale of TikTok by ByteDance or face its ban in the US, despite opposition from former President Trump.
The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, and there seems to be strong Republican support, contrasting with Trump who has criticized the action as beneficial to Facebook, a company he accuses of damaging electoral integrity.

Trump acknowledges TikTok's security concerns but is wary of its ban strengthening Facebook, a firm he deems harmful. He highlights both positive and negative aspects of TikTok and its importance among youth.

Meanwhile, the legislation being considered could result in a national prohibition on TikTok unless ByteDance divests within six months. It also allows for banning other apps considered security threats.

The bill has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by President Biden. However, it has been met with criticism too, with some calling it a threat to free speech and the livelihood of businesses and creators.

TikTok, with approximately 170 million American users, is a significant factor in US politics, with both parties vying for the attention of its predominantly young user base.

The bill's approval could require at least 60 Senate votes. Notable Republican senators are advocating for it citing data security concerns. Biden has already enacted a ban on TikTok for federal employees on government devices.

FBI and FCC officials have suggested TikTok could share user data with China, claims the company denies. A congressional briefing on TikTok's risks is scheduled.

Trump has confirmed meetings with significant figures including TikTok investor Jeff Yass and Elon Musk but denies discussing the app or electoral endorsements in those conversations.

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