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  • The United States government has passed a law forcing TikTok’s owners to sell the platform or face a national ban.
  • TikTok will need to be sold in nine months, although the US can extend this period by three months.
  • This law will likely face First Amendment scrutiny, which could delay the ban or even cancel it.

United States President Joe Biden today signed a bill that forces TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to sell the popular video-sharing platform within nine months. If the sale doesn’t happen, TikTok will be banned across the entire US.

The bill, which is part of a foreign aid package, was passed by the US Senate yesterday. Previously, it passed through the House of Representatives. At the time, Biden said he would sign it as soon as it hit his desk, which he followed through on today.