The House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that moves towards being able to ban TikTok.
The social media platform’s parent company, ByteDance, has ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul on Friday, HR 1153 would revise legal protections that have shielded TikTok from US sanctions and prohibit Americans from engaging with entities that may transfer sensitive personal data to a foreign entity “subject to the influence of China.”
The committee voted 24-16 along party lines.
Now, the legislation will head to the House. If passed there, it would move to the Senate, then Joe Biden for a signature.