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Former House Democrat’s Concerns

Former Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard has expressed reservations about the repercussions of impending legislation that threatens to impact social media platforms and freedom of speech.

Implications of Proposed Bill

TikTok, currently at the center of the controversy, is facing potential government intervention due to the bill’s disturbing provisions that hand sweeping powers to the executive branch, as highlighted by Gabbard on the Lex Fridman Podcast.

The legislation could lead to stifling government control over online platforms, with the power to identify and target individuals with foreign affiliations, jeopardizing businesses and their operations in the U.S.

Risks Beyond TikTok

Gabbard has pointed out the insidious flexibility of the bill, suggesting that beyond ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok, other entities like Elon Musk’s X could fall under scrutiny and be subject to similar oppressive measures, emphasizing the precarious situation at hand.

Concerns from Industry Leaders

The overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill has triggered mixed reactions from influential figures like David Sacks, who question the disproportionate focus on TikTok amidst other pressing national security concerns.

While some, such as Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, advocate for the ban, others like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) justify the bill as a necessary safeguard for American interests.

Final Thoughts

As debates surrounding the TikTok ban bill intensify, concerns loom large over the implications for online freedom and national security, prompting a closer examination of the potential ramifications on tech giants like Musk’s ventures.

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Disclaimer: This content was partially produced with the help of Benzinga Neuro and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

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