Extract from “White House’s Claims that the TPP Would Curb Internet Censorship are Fantasy”

The TPP illustrates these shortcomings well. Its free flow of information rules would only be enforced for foreign enterprises, and only those entities based out of countries that have signed the TPP. So if a country were to enact a law banning some type of online content, the TPP’s free flow of information rules would do nothing to prevent the enforcement of that censorship against websites or platforms that are locally-owned in that country. Likewise, the trade agreement’s rules would be unenforceable against the censorship if the government were demanding content be removed from platforms operated or owned by a company based outside of the twelve TPP countries.

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