Secretary of State Pompeo hints that US may go after TikTok, directly threatening freedom of speech

Salon

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Leonard M. Niehoff, a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School who specializes in the First Amendment, spoke with Salon by email about Pompeo’s remarks. After noting that they were not specific enough for him to ascertain what if anything President Donald Trump is considering doing to TikTok, Niehoff argued that “to the extent that he’s suggesting a complete ban on a social media platform that is used by United States citizens to communicate with hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the proposal raises grave concerns under the First Amendment.” He acknowledged that people have accused TikTok of being a form of spyware and added “it’s difficult to assess the constitutionality of the measures without knowing exactly what the government wants to do and why it wants to do it.”

Source: https://www.salon.com/2020/07/08/secretary-of-state-pompeo-hints-that-us-may-go-after-tiktok-directly-threatening-freedom-of-speech/