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US-China tensions

U.S. House panel approves bill giving Biden power to ban TikTok

Republicans target entities that 'may' transfer sensitive personal data to China

U.S. lawmakers vote 24-16 to grant the Biden administration new powers to ban TikTok, which is used by over 100 million Americans.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee voted on Wednesday along party lines to give President Joe Biden the power to ban Chinese-owned TikTok, in what would be the most far-reaching U.S. restriction on any social media app.

Lawmakers voted 24-16 to approve the measure to grant the administration new powers to ban the ByteDance-owned app -- which is used by over 100 million Americans -- as well as other apps considered security risks.

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