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The U.S. enacts the TikTok forced sale bill

2024.06.27 13:29:20 Jeongmin Kim

[Tiktrok, Photo credit: pxhere]

The U.S. enacted the TikTok forced sale bill, compelling the Chinese company ByteDance to divest its U.S. operations of TikTok within 270 days.


This passage of this law in the Senate and the House was swift, reflecting escalating concerns regarding foreign influence through popular digital platforms.


President Joe Biden signed the TikTok forced sale law after the legislation quickly cleared both the House and Senate, highlighting the urgency and broad bipartisan support for measures guarding against perceived security threats from foreign tech entities.


The U.S. Congress, with strong bipartisan backing, demonstrates a unified stance against the Chinese Communist Party's potential influence through apps like TikTok, which has been under scrutiny for possibly collecting users' personal data that could be accessed by the Chinese government.


Since 2019, TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, has spent approximately $27 million lobbying the U.S. government in an effort to alleviate concerns.


However, the company now faces a severe backlash and is preparing for a "litigation war," asserting that the U.S. Constitution and facts support their case.


TikTok CEO Chu Shouz expressed defiance and confidence in overcoming the legal challenges ahead.


Parallel to the U.S.'s stringent actions, Japan has issued directives concerning the popular messaging app Line, which is partially owned by Naver, a South Korean company.


Following a security breach, the Japanese government has pushed for stronger involvement by Softbank in Line’s management to enhance security protocols and reduce foreign control.


This move is part of Japan's broader strategy to mitigate risks associated with foreign tech firms amidst rising national security concerns.


The global tech landscape is increasingly influenced by what experts term as "AI nationalism," a situation in where countries prioritize domestic control over data and technology infrastructure.


In conclusion, the recent legislative actions in the U.S. and Japan exemplify a significant shift towards greater governmental control over foreign tech companies operating within national borders.


As countries learn to navigate the complex interplay of technology, security, and diplomacy, the impact on global tech companies like TikTok and Naver continues to evolve, highlighting the challenges and complexities of global data governance in the digital age.

Jeongmin Kim / Grade 9
Chadwick International School