ATTENTION: S.686 - RESTRICT Act
AKA "The TikTok Ban"
Over the last few weeks, you may have heard of efforts by the US Government to push through legislation with the intent of banning of the video sharing app TikTok. The push to ban TikTok has recieved support from both Democrats and Republicans, and reportedly has overwhelming support in the Biden White House.
While the media is selling this favorably as a mere "TikTok ban," the legislation that would make this a reality, S.686 - RESTRICT Act, is far more sinister than what is being reported on. This act gives the US Government (specifically the Secretary of Commerce, with little to no legislative safeguards) unprecedented ability to not only ban/censor TikTok, but also ban/censor any hardware, software, or other product or service primarily intended to fulfill or enable the function of information or data processing, storage, retrieval, or communication by electronic means, including transmission, storage, and display. This includes websites, apps, video games, almost anything they wish relying on the Internet given the deliberately vague language used in defining "service."
What is included in this bill?
This "Restrict Act" is a gateway for the US to justify erecting its own "Great Firewall" of sorts. This is the most serious attempt at regulating the Internet seen in years, and no one seems to be talking about it.
If you can, please get the word out about this.
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