TikTok Countdown: What Biden’s Bill Means for 2024


The TikTok logo is displayed on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen, Oct. 14, 2022, in Boston. TikTok is gearing up for a legal fight against a U.S. law that would force the social media platform to break ties with its China-based parent company or face a ban. A battle in the courts will almost certainly be backed by Chinese authorities as the bitter U.S.-China rivalry threatens the future of a wildly popular way for young Americans to connect online. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
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President Joe Biden has signed a new national security bill with one aspect that caught everyone’s eye: a potential TikTok ban. But the popular app isn’t going anywhere just yet — there’s a provision that delays any potential ban until after the 2024 election.

The bill gives TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, up to a year to sell off its American operations or face a U.S. ban. This means TikTok will stick around through election season, keeping its 170 million American users connected and engaged, especially the younger crowd who have made it a key platform for political messages.

What’s the delay? Well, it seems there’s some strategic timing at play to avoid upsetting voters. Plus, there’s a possible extension in the mix. The president could tack on an extra 90 days if he sees significant progress toward the sale, stretching the deadline to April 2025.

But the real question is, will the courts get involved? If so, the battle over TikTok could drag on even longer.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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