Despite information that has been circulating online, the bill would not explicitly criminalize using a VPN but does use overly broad language that gives the President the ability to ban any app deemed a “security risk.” This power seems ripe for abuse by a President who seeks to use any available method to punish their political opponents, a situation with which we are unfortunately very familiar.
Furthermore, the expected result of this legislation would be the executive branch banning TikTok over fears that American’s data is being harvested by the Chinese government. In reality, even though the American company that controls the US version of TikTok has seen data breaches in the past by China, the data that is available is akin to products that brokers regularly buy and sell. Banning the social media app would do little to prevent China from getting access to this information on Americans.
Demand your Senators oppose the RESTRICT Act to ensure a free and fair internet.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to demand [REP/SEN NAME] oppose S. 686, the RESTRICT Act. The legislation would do nothing to protect Americans and would give potential future Presidents more tools to abuse their power.
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