The China Social Media Reciprocity Act introduced in the US House of Representatives seeks to allow sanctions to be imposed on senior Chinese government and CCP officials, their spokespersons, or individuals and agents who do their bidding. This is a tit for tat move.
The President can, however, provide exemptions under the proposed law “if the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party have verifiably lifted restrictions on American officials’ access to, use, or participation in Chinese social media platforms”, according to a VOA report.
American social media platforms are prohibited from offering services such as account settings to the Specially Designated Nationals individuals and entities.
The China Social Media Reciprocity Act will apply to members of China’s State Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, National Security Bureau, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Security, and United Front Work Department, members of official media such as Xinhua News Agency and People’s Daily, and senior officials of other agencies, the report said.
Last month, after U.S. Secretary of State Blinken delivered a speech on China policy, China blocked Chinese translations of the full text of the speech published on WeChat by the U.S. Embassy in China and restricted its dissemination on social platforms.