House to Vote on Bill Prohibiting Foreign Ownership of Apps

The national security threat posed by TikTok, owned by a Chinese company, has brought the issue forward.

The House will vote on the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act on Wednesday, which would force ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, to either sell the social media app or have it banned in the United States. The House is expected to pass this bill, with Speaker Mike Johnson and other leaders voicing their support ahead of the vote.

“It’s going to sail, and then it will be up to the Senate,” said Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “And the White House has already acknowledged that they’re going to sign it into law. So I think this is a real positive step.”

Many federal officials have voiced concerns that ByteDance has used TikTok to glean user and computer data. While U.S. social media companies do this as well, ByteDance, being based in China, makes the data collection a potential national security risk. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the members of the House as they prepare to vote on legislation preventing the use of foreign-owned apps in the U.S.
  • For senators and administration officials as they seek to ensure national security.

Sources: AP, VOA News


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