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TikTok Ban in the U.S – Will the Biden Administration Pass the Bill?

The U.S Biden administration is currently discussing a TikTok ban, which sounds like a death-sentence for the Gen-Z!

The US Congress is currently discussing a bill that could result in the ban of the popular app TikTok. In addition to the House of Representatives, this bill is also being supported by the Biden Administration. So, what does this actually mean?

Why is the US Congress Trying to Ban TikTok?

According to the Justice Department in an article by Rolling Stone, the department is set to brief lawmakers on how Chinese company ByteDance which owns TikTik might be using the app to influence the U.S elections. According to Rolling Stone, a Biden Administration spokesperson has also suggested that foreign powers can use the app to influence ‘American’s views and beliefs’.

There is no doubt that TikTok can be used as an influence tool. However, this ideology should not just be regarding TikTok, as any other social media platform can be used to influence people as well. While this remains true, the House of Representatives is expected to take this vote on Wednesday, 13th March 2024. The Act which has been named ‘Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Ac’ will either get thrown out or passed today.

Although TikTok appears to be one of the main focuses, with this new bill the president can designate certain apps as a national security risk. According to the bill, however, this will only be done regarding apps that have ties to foreign governments. The more interesting part about the TikTok ban bill is that while Biden is all for the bill, his opponent Trump is against the TikTok ban.

Can TikTok Ban Cause More Harm than Good?

One of the biggest questions is whether the TikTok ban would be in favour of the majority. Since TikTok got popular during the COVID-19 pandemic it has been a lifeline for many. The TikTok creator find has allowed content creators from all around the world to utilize social media as a job. Although this was already a possibility through YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, TikTok’s short format has garnered extreme popularity. With this, TikTok has become a social media manager’s dream go-to spot. Through TikTok, creators are able to get the audience to focus on a product in a fun method.

With this, one of the biggest fears around the U.S. TikTok ban is how badly this would affect artists. In addition to content creators, several small businesses and artists also use TikTok as a major marketing platform.

This will damage millions of businesses, deny artists an audience, and destroy the livelihoods of countless creators across the country, says a TikTok spokesperson.

Many have also come to see this as the Government taking away their freedom of speech. TikTok has become a popular hotspot for all discussions from politics to celebrity culture. As the younger generation has moved past reading news, TikTok has also become a place to stay up to date on the latest news. Without TikTok, many would be unaware of the Kate Middleton scandal as well!

What is Divestment?

Under this new legislation, any company controlled by a foreign adversary would be requested to divest in 180 days. But what does this mean? Divestment means that the company would be selling the app to a U.S.-based company. If this bill gets passed, and ByteDance refuses to sell, the TikTok ban will officially get implemented in the US!

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Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Welcomes First Guests!

Hawaiian Airlines has just marked the arrival of the inaugural flight of its new flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline, which is celebrating 93 years in 2024 is is the largest operator of commercial flights to and from the island state of Hawaii. Additionally, the airline is also the 24th-largest commercial airline in the United States.

The inaugural flight for Hawaiian Airlines’ new flagship aircraft Aircraft N781N has been named named Kapuahi. This name directly translated to a star known as Aldebaran in Western astronomy.

Today marks an incredible achievement for all of us at Hawaiian Airlines and I’d like to thank all of our teammates, Boeing and our many partners for helping us make this moment possible. Our 787-9 is a true flagship product that, when paired with the award-winning hospitality of our crew, will provide guests with an unforgettable Hawaiʻi travel experience, says Peter Ingram – president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

The guests of the inaugural Hawaiian Airlines flight also had the lucky chance to be the first to watch the brand new safety video on the airline. The tag-line ‘Aloha and welcome aboard’ welcomes the passengers, as the crew talks through the safety procedures. The safety video also showcases the beauty of Hawaii, allowing travellers a first glimpse into the beautiful island.

A Look Into the Cabins of Hawaiian Airlines

The 34 Leihōkū (garland of stars) suites of the airline features lie-flat seating. With this, Hawaiian Airlines welcome travelers with an 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen, as well as personal power outlets, wireless cell phone charging, and direct aisle access. The suites also offers privacy or a shared experience, allowing couples to fall asleep.

The main cabin consists of 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats with ergonomically contoured back and armrests. This seat can be maximized into a living space, offering more shoulder and hip room. Additionally, the cabin also features a 12-inch seatback monitor with USB-A and USB-C charging ports. Main Cabin guests can also select from 79 Extra Comfort seats to enjoy more legroom and access to AC power outlets.

Hawaii has been an increasingly popular destination among travellers. As of recent, Hawaii has yet again picked up its popularity as a dream wedding destination as well. Travellers who love the islands compare it to other beach destinations such as The Maldives.

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