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TikTok is circling the wagons ahead of a potential ban

TikTok CEO Shou Chew in a blue suit and blue tie.
TikTok CEO Shou Chew has made multiple appearances before Congress in the past year.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
  • TikTok is said to be preparing a legal battle should a ban pass.

  • The company has previously argued that a ban infringes on the First Amendment.

  • If unsuccessful, its Chinese-owned parent company, ByteDance, would have to divest TikTok.

TikTok is not going down without a fight.

The popular social-media app faces an existential threat: A bill set to be voted on (and expected to pass) in the House on Wednesday seeks to ban the app unless its Chinese-owned parent company, ByteDance, sells it to a non-Chinese owner. The bill would still need to pass in the US Senate and then be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

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TikTok is responding in full force. On Thursday, it mobilized its users to call their local representatives and express opposition to the bill. It also sent out CEO Shou Chew to lobby senators ahead of the House vote, Punchbowl News reported. And now, it's preparing for potential litigation.

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the company was planning to exhaust all legal avenues before considering being split from Chinese company ByteDance.