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The Restrict Act

Ep. 123

If you’re on TikTok, then you’ve probably heard about the potential Tiktok ban. But here’s the thing, the hearing that took place in Congress is so much bigger than that. Congress is trying to pass the Restrict Act which if passed into law, will give the government sweeping powers over social media and technology in general. While supporters say that this is meant to ensure the safety and security of American citizens, critics argue that this will restrict freedom of expression.

In this episode, we discuss the Restrict Act and what it means for content creators and social media users alike. We talk about our conspiracy theories, connecting media and technology to business and work culture in America: Are businesses and the government listening in to our conversations? Are Meta and its stockholders behind this legislation? And what does the future look like for content creation and social media? 

Tune in to this controversial episode and let us know what you think! 

Quick episode summary

1:38 Context on The Restrict Act 

9:22 What this implies for content creators and social media users

11:45 Conspiracy theories on targeted ads, small businesses vs. monopolized companies

20:33 Meta has the largest social media presence

23:35 Social media competition is playing a role

28:16 The four-day workweek

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