California Senator Richard Pan is pushing things even further left in California. He is looking to kill free speech by requiring state-sanctioned fact checks to make sure online content reaches their approval.
The bill, per Jon Rappaport:
SB1424 is brief. Read it:
This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.
(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.
(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.
(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.
(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.
It's pretty easy to see this is a free speech killer. If passed there will be several regulations for enforcement. It will even create something called "speech criminals."
This violates the 1st Amendment, to say the least.
This bill needs to be stopped in it's tracks.
Reactions from Twitter:
From the same little dictator who brought mandatory #vaccines to California
Now state senator Richard Pan introduces
prior govt approval of speech before being posted online—speech subjected to #FactCheck by govt
— David Knight (@libertytarian) April 9, 2018
California state senator Richard Pan proposes a bill to prevent California websites from presenting false information online. Does that mean OkCupid will have to remove “Athletic” from their Body Type question? https://t.co/6rEIaSr3JK
— The 20 Million Dollar Man (@standwithdick) April 10, 2018
Potentially the most ridiculous legislative proposal from California this month is Richard Pan's SB 1424, which purports to require social media sites to hire fact-checkers and implement a plan to stop the spread of "false news"--who wants to tell him about the First Amendment?
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) April 6, 2018