Rep. Ocasio-Cortez calls for ban on US military Twitch recruiting in impassioned floor speech

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An amendment proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that would ban the US military from recruiting on Twitch is now a potential amendment to the House Committee on Appropriations bill, which is part of the process in how the Pentagon’s annual budget is set.

“Children should not be targeted in general for many marketing purposes in addition to military service. Right now, currently, children on platforms such as Twitch are bombarded with banner ads linked to recruitment signup forms that can be submitted by children as young as 12 years old,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the House floor Thursday. “These are not education outreach programs for the military.”

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