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Michigan representatives overwhelmingly support potential Tik-Tok ban

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The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives 352-65

All but one of Michigan's U.S. Representatives voted in favor of a bill that could remove the popular social media platform Tik-Tok from app stores.

The bill sends Tik-Tok's parent company ByteDance an ultimatum: either sell the app or be kicked out of the United States.

Several representatives cited national security as one of their top concerns for pushing the bill across the finish line.

Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Caledonia) is a co-sponsor of the legislation. He said this bill says nothing about content and does not violate free speech.

"We're simply looking at the ownership and saying that social media apps that are dominant in this country should not be manipulated by our foreign adversaries," Moolenaar said.

A National Intelligence report concluded Tik-Tok was used by the Chinese Communist Party to target political candidates during the 2022 mid-term elections.

The bill will now goes before the U.S. Senate.

Rick Brewer has been news director at WCMU since February 2024.