TikTok is at a crossroads, with one path potentially leading to oblivion in the U.S. After multiple states passed restrictions on the popular social media app, the federal government has banned it from employee devices, and lawmakers seem closer than ever to the unprecedented act of blocking the app altogether.
TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, also faces pressure from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews transactions that could affect national security, and could be forced sell the U.S. app to another company.
Here’s where the company could go from here and what that means for TikTok users.
How would the U.S. enforce a ban?
The RESTRICT Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate this month, allows the U.S. Commerce Secretary to ban foreign technology companies, as well as encourages the intelligence service to declassify information on potential risks.
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