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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke March 14, 2024

A potential TikTok ban passed the U.S. House, but the legislation’s future is uncertain

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  • A potential TikTok ban passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but the legislation’s future is uncertain. 


The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation March 13 that could ban TikTok in the United States, but a recent Facebook post seemingly reacting to the news overstates what happened. 

"WOW," the March 13 post said. "They really just banned TikTok… we got 6 months left to use it." 

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

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The House passed a bill 352-65 that would force TikTok to divest from its Beijing-based parent company or face a nationwide ban, The Washington Post reported. There was bipartisan support for the measure.

But the U.S. Senate hasn’t yet voted on the legislation, and some senators "have expressed concern that it may run afoul of the Constitution by infringing on millions of Americans’ rights to free expression and by explicitly targeting a business operating in the United States," the Post said.

President Joe Biden has said he’ll sign the legislation if Congress passes it. But the measure’s future is uncertain, and there’s no six-month timeline.

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