U.S. Foreign Policy
January 12, 2023
Current legislative proposals to “ban TikTok” have implications that go far beyond the Chinese-owned social media platform. The leading bills active in Congress today, such as the DATA Act (H.R. 1153) and the RESTRICT Act (S. 686) are sweeping new national security mandates on the Federal government. Within the United States, they could unacceptably restrict the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. Overseas, they could alienate potential allies, cut off opportunities for beneficial economic interaction, and lead to reprisals that could divide the world into competing technology zones.