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TikTok sues federal government over HB7521

Rosa Varela-Chavez

On May 14, TikTok sued the U.S. government following the passage of a law that intends to force ByteDance, the Chinese parent company, to sell the app or face a national ban. 

Joe Biden later signed H.R. 231 in April that would give the company nine months to find a buyer, and it would grant a three-month extension for the deal to be completed if it is already in progress at the end of the initial window.

TikTok argues about the violation of the First Amendment by removing an app used by many content creators as a business. 

A data record by Sprout Social stated that the United States has an estimated 148.92 million users. 

Users appear to have mixed opinions on the policy, as a variety of pros and cons have been associated with the banning of TikTok.

This law has blocked TikTok from Apple and Google marketplaces until the company sells the app. This act will force the shutdown of TikTok by Jan.19, 2025. 

In the meantime, if TikTok is already downloaded on your phone, it won’t disappear even once the ban takes place; however, it would take effect by preventing users from downloading it from Apple and Google marketplaces if they do not already own it. This also means that TikTok will not be able to send updates, security patches, and bug fixes; the app will eventually become less unstable. 

This is a developing story. 

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