Engadget Podcast: Why is the US trying to ban TikTok again?

Another week, another concerted effort to ban TikTok in the US – except this time, it could actually happen. In this episode, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Engadget Senior Editor Karissa Bell around the latest TikTok drama. The House passed a bill that could ultimately ban the company if ByteDance doesn’t sell it off within six months. It may face a tougher fight in the Senate, but if it’s approved there President Biden has said he’s willing to sign it into law.

Is this a justified fight against the Chinese-owned social media company, or is it the sum of our political fears against all things China? (Maybe it’s a bit of both?) We discuss why this potential ban could be a huge civil rights violation, as well as the need for true data privacy laws in the US, which would apply to all social networks.

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  • U.S. House passes bill that would give Bytedance 6 months to sell TikTok – 0:47

  • Microsoft’s Surface and AI event preview – 17:04

  • Apple will allow EU users to download some apps from websites – 27:38

  • Five Tesla execs earned $2.5B over the last five years while the company paid no income tax – 34:53

  • Around Engadget – 44:57

  • Working on – 48:31

  • Pop culture picks – 50:17


Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Guest: Karissa Bell
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O’Brien

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