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The History of TikTok: A Timeline leading up to the Ban

TikTok, the popular social video app, has been a global trendsetter since merging with in 2017. However, concerns about its ties to China and potential national security threats have led to calls for its sale to a U.S. owner or shutdown. Despite legal challenges and controversies over content moderation and privacy issues, TikTok has continued to grow in popularity. The app’s algorithm-driven content has attracted a wide range of users, including musicians seeking to connect with fans. Recent developments, including migration of user data to U.S. servers and firing of employees for accessing data, have fueled further concerns about Chinese influence. Efforts to ban or force sale of TikTok to a U.S. company have gained traction in Congress, ultimately resulting in legislation signed by President Biden in April 2024.


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