“Speech Criminals” Will Pay Penalties
Richard Pan, a radical leftist state senator from California, has introduced a horrific bill that will undercut the fabric of the First Amendment by cracking down on free speech on the internet.
Is it really any surprise to see something like this coming out of California?
Pan’s legislation would force online publishers to utilize state-sanctioned fact checkers to approve content before it is posted online.
Jon Rappaport reported:
The bill is titled “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.”
It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.
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 a safe bet that the individuals chosen to be “fact-checkers” for news stories aren’t going to be impartial in judging which stories are “fake news” and which ones aren’t, so the handful of conservatives in California are in danger of losing an important component of their ability to communicate ideas and defend their rights.
What’s truly terrifying is that this sort of legislation might inspire copycat bills across the country, destroying free speech one small step at a time, which is a play right out of the progressive playbook.
Let’s hope this doesn’t get passed into law.