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House Republican measure would block Big Tech companies from hosting CCP officials on platforms

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EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are set to roll out a measure that would block Big Tech companies from hosting senior Chinese Communist Party officials on their social media platforms. 

House Republican Study Committee member Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is main the initiative, together with committee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind., committee National Security and Foreign Affairs Chairman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and co-sponsor Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wis., in an effort to “hold China and Big Tech accountable.”

The “China Social Media Reciprocity Act” would impose sanctions prohibiting suppliers of social media platforms to supply accounts to any people concerned within the Chinese Communist Party, except the president can certify to Congress that the federal government of China and the CCP have “verifiably removed prohibitions on officials of the U.S. government from accessing, using, or participating in social media platforms in China.”

The invoice would “prohibit the provision of services by social media platforms to individuals and entities on the Specially Designated Nations List and certain officials and other individuals and entities of the People’s Republic of China.”

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The invoice covers all U.S.-owned social media companies.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the eviction of Congressional offices from Veterans Affairs Department facilities on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., conducts a information convention within the Capitol Visitor Center on the eviction of Congressional workplaces from Veterans Affairs Department amenities on Friday, September 20, 2019.
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In order to realize entry to U.S. social media platforms and accounts, the invoice would require the Chinese authorities to take away all types of censorship that prohibit individuals in China from accessing social media platforms or viewing content material generated by U.S. authorities officials and U.S. individuals on China’s social media platforms, a committee aide informed Fox News.

The president’s means to waive the invoice would sundown in two years, in line with the committee, and would give Congress “the final say on whether or not China has met the standard requirement to lift prohibition.”

The invoice would apply to members of China’s State Council, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, National Defense, State Security, Justice, Public Security, and different ministries; in addition to excessive rating officials of different companies.

“Freedom always wins over tyranny, and the Chinese Communist Party knows it.  That’s why they’ve taken drastic steps to keep American ideas off of their social platforms,” Mast informed Fox News.  “This bill is about leveling the playing field.” 

Mast added: “Chinese officials should not be allowed to spew propaganda on U.S.-based social media sites while actively blocking the free flow of ideas on their own sites.” 

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A committee aide informed Fox News that Chinese authorities officials, and senior leaders of the CCP “have full freedom tase American social media platforms to further their propaganda,” whereas those self same social media platforms are “often banned in China.”

“China bans its own citizens from using Twitter and Facebook, but Chinese Communist Party officials still use those platforms to push their propaganda abroad,” Banks informed Fox News, including that Big Tech “has enthusiastically censored conservative politicians in America, but refused to lift a finger against Communist Party officials who’ve spread actual COVID disinformation and even genocide denial on their platforms.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, and Representative Jim Banks (R), Republican of Indiana, holds a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 9, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, and Representative Jim Banks (R), Republican of Indiana, holds a press convention on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 9, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP by way of Getty Images) 
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“There’s a staggering amount of hypocrisy from all involved,” Banks informed Fox News. “The Republican Study Committee and my colleague Brian Mast’s bill would force Big Tech to counter China’s disinformation and put the US back on an equal footing by using sanctions law to prohibit all Communist officials from US social media until they lift their ban on US social media.”

Tiffany, an unique co-sponsor of the laws, informed Fox News that Big Tech companies have been a propaganda machine for the Chinese Communist Party and even the Taliban – but these identical platforms routinely censor American conservatives, and even the investigative journalism of main newspapers.” 

“Something may be very incorrect with this image,” Tiffany said. “If a overseas despot refuses to permit free and unfettered entry to American social media platforms, then that dictator and his cronies needs to be deplatformed, interval.” 

The legislation comes after Republicans on the panel last year proposed legislation that would expand U.S. sanctions law to prohibit social media companies from allowing foreign individuals or entities sanctioned for terrorism from using their platforms.

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That bill, the “No Social Media Accounts for Terrorists or State Sponsors of Terrorism Act of 2021,” first reported by Fox News, would clarify existing sanctions law by giving the president authority to sanction the “provision of providers,” including the provision and maintenance of accounts, by social media platforms to foreign individuals or entities sanctioned for terrorism, and senior officials of state sponsors of terrorism.

Icons of WhatsApp, Messenger, YouTube, Instagram and other apps.

Icons of WhatsApp, Messenger, YouTube, Instagram and different apps.
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The social media platforms additionally included Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

A congressional aide defined to Fox News that banks and U.S. insurance coverage companies are usually not allowed to supply accounts to sanctioned people or entities, however because of the present loophole in sanctions legislation, social media companies are allowed to supply the accounts as a result of it’s associated to info.

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The aide mentioned the laws seeks to “require the president to implement regulation that will treat social media platforms just like the bank and insurance companies—they cannot provide a service to a sanctioned individual or entity.” 

An aide informed Fox News that invoice obtained 47 co-sponsors, however has not but been delivered to the ground of the House of Representatives for consideration.

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