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Intelligence officials from the FBI, Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are set to brief House lawmakers on TikTok this Tuesday, according to information from a Republican aide.

The briefing is scheduled just days before the House votes on a bill that could potentially ban the widely used social media app TikTok, which is owned by the China-based company ByteDance.

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The bill under consideration, known as the “Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act,” aims to compel ByteDance to sell TikTok or face a ban from US app stores and web-hosting services. The legislation also proposes a framework allowing the president to identify and regulate other apps controlled by foreign adversaries. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has already shown strong bipartisan support for the bill, advancing it with a unanimous 50-0 vote just two days after its introduction.

Despite the bill’s progress, it has encountered opposition from various quarters, including concerns about free speech implications and specific targeting of TikTok. Additionally, former President Trump, who unsuccessfully attempted to ban TikTok in 2020 and is a candidate for the 2024 presidential election, and some lawmakers have expressed reservations about the legislation’s potential impact on competition, particularly benefiting Facebook.


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