The TikTok bill may be just the start of efforts to crack down on social media: From the Politics Desk

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Welcome to nan online type of From nan Politics Desk, an evening newsletter that brings you nan NBC News Politics team’s latest reporting and study from nan run trail, nan White House and Capitol Hill.

In today’s edition, adjunct managing editor of tech and subject Jason Abbruzzese explains really nan TikTok ballot successful nan House Wednesday is portion of a broader effort to ace down connected societal media companies aft years of inaction. Plus, main governmental expert Chuck Todd takes a look astatine nan GOP disagreement successful Ohio's Senate title up of adjacent week's primary.


The TikTok measure whitethorn beryllium conscionable nan commencement of efforts to ace down connected societal media

By Jason Abbruzzese

It’s not conscionable TikTok.

Yes, Wednesday’s vote — and nan vitriol surrounding it that amazingly does not autumn cleanly on statement lines — was chiefly astir TikTok, arsenic nan House overwhelmingly approved legislation that could prohibition nan celebrated app if nan China-based ByteDance doesn’t divest it.

But it’s besides a move that adds to nan broader momentum astir authorities aimed astatine cracking down connected societal media companies. For years, plentifulness of politicians had talked reliable and floated nan occasional measure targeting user tech giants. Tech companies for illustration Facebook (now Meta) moreover mounted campaigns calling for regulation, albeit nan benignant that they helped shape. Little changed.


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That’s started to shift, and there’s plentifulness of bills that aren’t expressly astir TikTok. The astir notable, nan Kids Online Safety Act, has besides gained momentum connected Capitol Hill and resulted successful a akin scrambling of accepted governmental coalitions. That measure would require societal media companies to do much to make their platforms safe for younger users astir issues for illustration intersexual exploitation and harassment.

At nan authorities level, governments are entertaining a assortment of different legislative ideas, moreover going truthful acold arsenic to propose bans connected societal media for kids nether 16.

That said, there’s plentifulness of barriers near for these bills. Passing done some chambers of Congress aliases a authorities legislature remains a awesome hurdle, not to mention nan inevitable ineligible challenges that person scuttled moreover successful legislation. Laws passed by Texas and Florida meant to enforce restrictions connected really societal media companies mean their platforms were met pinch skepticism by Supreme Court justices during caller arguments, suggesting nan laws could soon beryllium struck down.

Even aft earning wide support successful nan House, nan TikTok authorities now faces an uncertain early successful nan Senate, wherever members are expressing little urgency to act. Democrats will person to measurement sending specified a measure to President Joe Biden, whose struggles pinch young voters person been good documented, arsenic his re-election run ramps up. Biden has said he would motion nan measure if it reaches his desk. 

But moreover nan TikTok bill’s eventual nonaccomplishment would adhd to what is simply a varied and progressively bipartisan move connected societal media companies that erstwhile operated pinch fewer concerns of authorities intervention.


The astir important Senate title successful nan conflict for nan GOP’s future

Analysis by Chuck Todd

While Donald Trump has decisively won nan GOP information for president, successful immoderate places, there’s still a conflict down nan ballot complete what guidance nan statement should return — often breaking down on akin lines to Trump’s one-on-one shape of his superior pinch Nikki Haley.

The Republican electorate said retired large and clear for nan broadside of Trump successful nan statesmanlike primaries, but immoderate of nan sub-battles successful this struggle betwixt nan 2 wings are person contests. Ohio’s Senate primary mightiness beryllium crushed zero for this debate, arsenic Trump and his forces are afloat down Bernie Moreno, while nan much Chamber of Commerce-aligned helping of nan statement is down a able scion, authorities Sen. Matt Dolan.

The divides successful this title are stark, peculiarly complete issues for illustration Ukraine and whether nan authorities should beryllium mini aliases strong. In nan past Ohio Senate primary, nan aged defender stayed retired of nan title and fto Trump fundamentally prime nan nominee, now-Sen. JD Vance.

This time, nan aged defender is uniting down a non-Trump candidate, pinch Gov. Mike DeWine and erstwhile Sen. Rob Portman supporting Dolan. Dolan ran against Vance successful 2022 but didn’t person this level of extracurricular support.

For those Republicans who dream to rebuild and redirect nan statement successful a caller guidance post-Trump, a Dolan superior triumph would beryllium nan commencement of a activity successful that guidance — should Trump suffer nan statesmanlike race. But a Moreno triumph would mean nan Ohio GOP is astir apt headed into nan arms of Trump for nan agelong haul, not conscionable an predetermination rhythm aliases two.

Whatever nan result successful this Senate primary, it will matter a batch to nan early of nan GOP. And it’s certainly, for me, nan astir consequential Republican title to watch this rhythm because of each nan subtext involved.

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🗞️ Today’s apical stories

  • ⚖️ Trump trials: The judge presiding complete nan predetermination interference lawsuit successful Georgia has dismissed immoderate of nan criminal counts against Trump, but has yet to norm whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should beryllium disqualified from nan case. Read much →
  • 👟 Veepstakes: Abortion has emerged arsenic a apical interest for Trump arsenic he considers respective contenders to beryllium his moving mate. Read much →
  • 👀 Progressive problems: Politico explores really immoderate progressives are concerned astir Biden’s messaging connected abortion, and they interest his determination to item definite stories astir entree to reproductive attraction further stigmatizes nan procedure. Read much →
  • 🍑 Georgia connected my mind: Georgia Democrats admit they are facing a “tough conflict ahead” successful keeping nan authorities bluish aft Biden’s 2020 breakthrough. Read much →
  • 🌳 Marijuana meeting: After Biden said successful his State of nan Union reside that marijuana betterment would beryllium a priority, Vice President Kamala Harris is group to clasp a roundtable chat connected nan rumor pinch rapper Fat Joe. Read much →
  • 🏈 A different benignant of tally for Rodgers? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is group to announce his moving mate for his independent statesmanlike bid successful 2 weeks. And his shortlist of candidates includes New York Jets backmost Aaron Rodgers and erstwhile Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Read much →

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