TikTok Ban May Give Government More Power To Control The Internet And Invade Your Privacy, According To New Bill 'RESTRICT Act'

Concerns are rising over the proposed legislative bill known as the "RESTRICT Act." It seems it's not just targeting a ban on TikTok but on other apps and services that are deemed a security "risk." Could this be a threat to our privacy?

By Nicole Dominique1 min read
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The RESTRICT Act isn't what you think it is. It's not a bill that's focused on solely banning TikTok – if passed, the ban can apply to any web-based platform and product with over one million engaged users.

On March 7, 2023, a group of U.S. senators led by Sen. John Thune (R) and Sen. R. Warner (D) introduced Senate Bill 686, also titled Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology Act (RESTRICT Act). Its purpose is described as a "systematic framework for addressing technology-based threats to the security and safety of Americans."

The proposal may seem like it only applies to TikTok, but it actually applies to all hardware, software, and mobile apps. This pertains to platforms similar to TikTok, as well as Alexa or Google devices, your phone, Ring cameras, and other surveillance cameras. A video clip below shows the long list of items the government can access and review.

According to a reporter (@underthedesknews) who was present at the hearing, they not only want the power to get rid of any product or service deemed "unsafe" – it was mentioned that Congress also wants the power to amend Section 230 to limit free speech. "They want the ability to severely limit free speech," the reporter states. "And they're using TikTok as the vehicle to kind of, like, wedge their way into that."

Several members of the Biden administration support the new RESTRICT Act, including Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. There are also nine other Democratic cosponsors behind the bill, such as Hillary Clinton's former VP pick, Tim Kaine, and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.

While legislators claim that the bill is for our safety, it seems it's more of an excuse to take more of our freedoms away. Most people have already described the proposal as the "Patriot Act on steroids." Perhaps they're not too far off.

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