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The US House Just Passed A Bill To Ban TikTok, And The Internet Is Coping With Jokes

Ugh, it's official folks. The US House of Representatives has passed a bill in an effort to effectively ban TikTok.

Hand holding a phone with the TikTok logo displayed, against a US flag background
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The bill passed with bipartisan support and a final vote of 352–65, so I guess our lawmakers can agree on something.

A person making a disgruntled expression with the caption "As a taxpayer, I'm annoyed."

To rationalize, lawmakers have expressed concerns of “national security threats” due to TikTok being owned by a China-based company. However, TikTok does not operate in China, and it collects less data than Facebook. Meanwhile, Facebook has experienced eight security breaches since 2004.

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When speaking of the bill, Republican Speaker Mike Johnson said in a statement: "Today’s bipartisan vote demonstrates Congress’ opposition to Communist China’s attempts to spy on and manipulate Americans, and signals our resolve to deter our enemies."

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Here's what the CEO of TikTok had to say about the bill:

@Dexerto

People are seriously angry about this passing, and are calling out US lawmakers for their priorities:

"Teachers underpaid, zero gun laws to keep people safer, women's rights are being questioned, the LGBTQ+ community is constantly under attack…..but they got time to vote to ban TikTok," one user wrote.

Hulu / @heyjaeee

"Instead of banning TikTok, how about you ban the zoning laws that are ticking up rents and making us tok about affordable housing," another person said.

@dieworkwear

"We have completely lost the plot in this country lmao," another person wrote.

@Stop_Hammerzeit

The bill will be sent to the Senate next for a final vote, but people seem to be coping with TikTok's potential ban with jokes, so here are a few that came across my timeline:

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@CBSNews / @jay_zimmer / RCA Records

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@PopBase / Disney+ / @SaintHoax

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@Biggirlslay

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Hulu / @jotmanjotman

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HBO / @ohkanobii

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@npc1npc2npc3

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CSPAN / @HowardMortman / @soulkhan

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CSPAN / @AshDiggs_

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Nickelodeon / @snowbirdtbh

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@iamchriscoro

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@keke_shontae

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@BlakPantherBabe

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@Headgraphix / @PopBase

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Hulu / @ParkerMolloy

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@spicynita94 / @Phil_Lewis_ / @tonylopez via TikTok

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Hulu / @heyjaeee

What do you think about the House of Representatives' vote to ban TikTok? Let us know in the comments below.