IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 16, 2023
Mr. Rubio (for himself and Ms. Ernst) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To prohibit the receipt of Federal funds by individuals or entities conducting business with social media companies associated with countries of concern, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
No Funds for Enablers of Adversarial Propaganda Act.
Prohibition on receipt of Federal funds for persons conducting business with social media companies associated with countries of concern
On or after the date of the enactment of this Act, no individual or entity may receive Federal funds if that individual or entity has in place any agreement, partnership, or advertising relationship with a social media company domiciled in, headquartered in, organized under the laws of, or whose principal place of business is located in a country of concern.
In this section:
Country of concern
The term country of concern means the People’s Republic of China (including the Special Administrative Regions of China, including Hong Kong and Macau), Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.
The term entity includes a governmental entity.
Social media company
The term social media company—
means any entity that operates, directly or indirectly, including through its parent company, subsidiaries, or affiliates, a website, desktop application, or mobile application that—
permits an individual or entity to create an account or profile for the purpose of generating, sharing, and viewing user-generated content through such account or profile;
sells digital advertising space;
has more than 1,000,000 monthly active users for a majority of months during the preceding 12 months;
enables one or more users to generate content that can be viewed by other users of the website, desktop application, or mobile application; and
enables users to view content generated by other users of the website, desktop application, or mobile application; and
does not include an entity if the entity does not operate a website, desktop application, or mobile application except for a website, desktop application, or mobile application the primary purpose of which is—
to allow users to post product reviews, business reviews, or travel information and reviews; or
to provide emergency alert services.