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TikTok is actively reaching out to its users with a call to action against a bill that might ban the app in the United States.

The platform has sent notifications to users, urging them to contact Congress to express their opposition. According to a notification, TikTok’s message alerts users of the potential “total ban of TikTok” and encourages them to help “stop a TikTok shutdown.”

The campaign comes in response to a bipartisan bill that could force TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to divest the app or face a ban. This legislation, named the “Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act,” is under consideration by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Introduced by Reps. Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi, the bill targets applications controlled by foreign adversaries, specifically naming ByteDance and TikTok. Despite claims that the bill offers ByteDance over five months to divest TikTok, the platform views this move as an effective ban.

TikTok spokesperson Alex Haurek has strongly criticized the bill, saying, “This bill is an outright ban of TikTok, no matter how much the authors try to disguise it. This legislation will trample the First Amendment rights of 170 million Americans and deprive 5 million small businesses of a platform they rely on to grow and create jobs.”


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