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As Congress voted Tuesday night on legislation that could ban TikTok, Americans posted their reactions in real time on the video-sharing app.

The Senate approved a revised bill on TikTok, tied to a package to provide aid to Israel and Ukraine, by a vote of 79 to 18, and President Biden signed it into law on Wednesday. It will force TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, to sell the app to a US entity within 12 months or face a ban in the United States. The House passed the bill on Saturday by a vote of 360 to 58.

This is what legislators who oppose the law, content creators and users said.

Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, had openly opposed the bill. He shared his opposition through videos posted on TikTok. before and after the House vote. Mr. Khanna has been open against a full ban on TikTok and has met with people who create content for TikTok to understand their concerns.

“Today I voted no on the bill to ban TikTok because it harms the freedom of expression of creators, activists, organizers and small business owners who rely on the app to make their voices heard,” Khanna said in a statement following the decision. the camera. vote. She added her support for a new law that would give users greater control over their data.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., was another opponent of the bill and previously saying that banning TikTok meant silencing the voices of young people. In a two-and-a-half-minute video on Saturday, he called for comprehensive social media reform instead of singling out TikTok.

“The House is showing a complete disconnect between what we are doing in the House of Representatives and what is happening in the real world with young people,” Bowman said in the video.

Rebekah Ciolli, 35, a stay-at-home mother of three in Indiana, signed up for a TikTok account early last year.

Before that, he expected a ban because, he said, he didn't “need another social media app that was consuming your life.” But now she spends a few hours on the app every day, searching for content like at-home learning and family recipes, and finding like-minded users. For her, losing TikTok would mean losing a community.

“There are all these moms around the world that I'm friends with, even though I've never met them in person,” Ciolli said in an interview. “I'll definitely be sad to lose that.”

Ariana Afshar aka @arianajasmine— On TikTok, he often creates content about political news. After the House passed the TikTok legislation, he filmed himself in front of a screenshot of CNN's coverage of the bill to explain the vote, adding that “this will only damage the trust people have in government.” .

Because the majority of his audience is Generation Z and young millennials, Afshar was concerned that the passage of such a bill would deter young people from voting in this year's elections. “The younger generation is already quite angry with this administration,” she said in an interview. “The ripple effect will be much larger than lawmakers are currently estimating.”

For many content creators, TikTok is a lifesaver. They built their businesses on TikTok and the app is how their customers got to know them. The uncertainty surrounding TikTok has many of them worried about their livelihood.

“It's affecting everything, including our financial planning,” said Nadya Okamoto, founder of August, which sells sustainable menstrual products and is known for its menstrual health content. “We have been able to grow organically. And the scary thing is, as small business owners, we don't know what that's going to look like in the future.”

Ms. Okamoto led a open letter to President Biden to oppose the passage of the bill. The letter, last updated on Monday, has 47 signatures from TikTok creators.

V Spehar, who heads the news aggregation and analysis account. @UnderTheDeskNews on TikTok, posted 10 videos over the past week about the legislation. On Friday, Mx. Spehar spoke to his more than three million followers about the upcoming vote, calling it a way in which the government misuses “the levers of power it has to pass legislation that is deeply unpopular with the American public.” .

One day after the vote, in a video dubbed with the song “Omigod You Guys” from the musical “Legally Blond,” Mx. Spehar filmed himself shaking his head at the caption: “Trying to get people to care about politics after Congress voted to ban TikTok.”

“The consequence is not that TikTok is banned,” Mx. Spehar said in an interview. “It's just that the American public is losing faith in the institution of government even more than it already has.”




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