The Senate handed a invoice, included with the overseas assist bundle, that can ban TikTok if its proprietor, ByteDance, doesn’t promote it inside a yr. Senators handed the invoice 79-18 Tuesday after the Home handed it with overwhelming majority over the weekend.

President Joe Biden must signal the invoice to make it legislation. He intends to do so on Wednesday, in response to the White Home.

Notably, the Home in March handed an identical standalone invoice to ban TikTok or pressure its sale with a six-month time restrict. Nevertheless, the Senate by no means took that invoice up. This time, because the invoice was tied with important overseas assist to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, the Senate needed to decide.

TikTok didn’t instantly launch a press release. Nevertheless, Michael Beckerman, the corporate’s head of public coverage for the Americas, stated that the corporate plans to challenge the transfer in courts, in response to Bloomberg.

“That is an unprecedented deal labored out between the Republican Speaker and President Biden. The stage that the invoice is signed, we’ll transfer to the courts for a authorized problem,” he stated in a memo to TikTok’s U.S. workers earlier this week.

The invoice provides Bytedance 9 months to pressure a sale with a 90-day extension, which is successfully a yr to finish the deal.

Final week, when the Home handed the invoice, TikTok stated it was “unlucky” that the Home was utilizing the quilt of vital overseas and humanitarian help to jam by way of a ban invoice that restricts the “free speech rights of 170 million Individuals.”

Whereas TikTok operates out of Singapore, the U.S. has been involved concerning the knowledge of its residents, given the Chinese language possession of the social media platform. TikTok has regularly tried to guarantee the federal government that it doesn’t give out U.S. consumer knowledge to China with totally different campaigns.

TikTok has additionally tried to make a degree that the platform is important for creators and small companies within the U.S. Earlier this month, the corporate launched an financial affect report stating that TikTok generated $14.7 billion for small to mid-sized corporations within the nation. The report additionally famous that over 7 million U.S.-based companies depend on the platform.

Civil rights teams, together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have opposed the app’s ban. Final month, creators additionally voiced concern a couple of potential TikTok ban impacting their incomes.

Regardless of expressing safety issues over the app, Biden joined TikTok in February, probably to succeed in younger voters. Inversely, Donald Trump, who made strikes to place sanctions on TikTok as president, has rallied against the ban.