The US House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, targeting ByteDance [1] [10], the parent company of TikTok [1] [4].


The bill requires ByteDance to sell TikTok within 165 days or face a ban in the US. It received overwhelming support in the House, with President Biden indicating his approval [5]. If ByteDance does not comply, TikTok may be removed from app stores until divestiture occurs [3]. The legislation also mandates ByteDance to relinquish control of TikTok’s algorithm [3], addressing national security concerns raised by FBI Director Christopher Wray. Critics argue that a ban would harm small businesses and creators who rely on the platform [7].


The fate of TikTok remains uncertain [5], with concerns over Chinese government influence. The bill now moves to the Senate [8], where its future is uncertain [6] [8]. President Biden has indicated he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk [2] [4] [7]. Legal challenges are expected if ByteDance fails to divest its US assets within the specified timeframe [9].