How a national TikTok ban would work is unclear, and several things would have to happen before it could become a reality.
TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world, but the fact that it’s owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, has for years bothered some lawmakers who are concerned the Chinese government could use the platform to exert its influence on American users.
The stated concerns range from data security to the spread of misinformation, prompting several proposals at the state and federal level to restrict TikTok in various ways, like prohibiting it on government phones. Attempts at banning the app for all U.S. users have not succeeded.
But recently a bipartisan group of senators brought forward a new digital security proposal, one that’s even received support from the Biden administration. Some headlines claim the bill could result in a nationwide ban on TikTok.
Could a bill …