On Sept. 23, the Justice Department released proposed legislation to revise Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields internet platforms from liability for third-party content shared on their services.
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Is TikTok’s suit against the government likely to succeed? Not in conventional terms—but maybe that’s not the right way to look at it.
TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance have filed a complaint against the Trump Administration in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the U.S. government from banning TikTok, a popular mobile app, without affording its owners “due process of law.” The complaint argues that the ban was issued “for political reasons rather than because of an ‘unusual and extraordinary threat’ to the United States.”
Government agencies are taking action in response to President Trump’s executive order on “Preventing Online Censorship,” though it remains unclear whether lasting changes will result.
Social media presents potential pitfalls that the intelligence community should seek to avoid.
Does it matter that President Trump last Friday night issued a CFIUS order directing ByteDance to divest itself from TikTok, given that a week earlier he already had levied IEEPA sanctions on the company? Yes indeed.
The administration’s move may invite additional restrictions on the application of a key U.S. foreign and security tool.
Because now you really need to explain things to your teenager.
TikTok is in serious trouble, and teenagers across the land are demanding answers about the legal frameworks at issue. Well, maybe they are not exactly focused on the legal issues. But in case you are, here’s an explainer.