The Biden Administration has been talking about banning TikTok, the social media platform which has been collecting information on Americans for the Chinese government. Under the guise of national security the government’s new bill would TikTok ban– but don’t get your hopes up that Biden will finally do something to protect Americans, the bill is NOT WHAT IT SEEMS!
The RESTRICT Act has been introduced in part by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and it claims to be aimed at blocking or disrupting transactions and financial holdings linked to foreign adversaries that pose a risk to national security, but the language within the bill suggests the government could use it to END FREE SPEECH!
Not surprisingly, Warner has been a longtime opponent of free speech who pushed for the weaponization of big tech and was closely linked to the government’s censorship efforts with Twitter.
The bill makes it possible for any company “suspected of cavorting with foreign governments and spies, to have their products effectively vanished from shelves and app stores when the threat they pose gets too big to ignore,” according to Wired.
But the reality is we know how loosely our federal government loves to throw around the term “domestic terrorist” and they could use this to push claims that conservatives are somehow colluding with Russia – and then completely silence our voices online altogether.
The RESTRICT Act has very little to do with TikTok and everything to do with controlling online content.
The bill gives the DNI the ability to tell a website using any “foreign content” or software; that might be engaged in platform communication the U.S Government views as against their interests; to shut down or face a criminal charge.
As I mentioned above, this means the Dept of Commerce, DNI and DHS would be granted the ability to remove ANY conservative content online – FOR GOOD!
The RESTRICT Act can also be used to punish people using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) if they’re used to access banned websites, and directs the Secretary of Commerce to “identify, deter, disrupt, prevent, prohibit, investigate, or otherwise mitigate” that which is deemed a national security risk associated with technology linked to the above countries.
Penalties include fines of up to $1 million or 20 years in prison, or both.
The bill has been compared to a modern day Patriot Act with some warning that its EVEN WORSE!
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warned that the government power grab in the bill will transform the United States into a full-blown totalitarianism like China.
House Republicans on the Financial Services Committee also came out against the RESTRICT Act, calling it a “smokescreen for the largest expansion of executive power since the IEEPA [International Emergency Economic Powers Act].”
“The U.S. can’t beat China by becoming more like the Chinese Communist Party.”