California Bill Requires Hiring of Fact Checkers on All Websites

 In opinion, Politics

Breitbart reports: A California bill to require all websites to hire “fact checkers” may spell the end of free speech in that state. It’s been iffy anywhere in the Golden State, and the nickname “Commiefornia” has been bandied about for a long time. Just look at the Berkeley incidents over the last few years to see that many Conservative voices have been shut down. But never fear, Cali has a “strategic plan” to combat fake news.

The California bill was introduced as SB 1424, or “The Online False Information Act” by State Senator Dr Richard Pan on February 16, 2018.  The bill has been referred to the Judiciary committee. It reads:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.

Title 14.5 (commencing with Section 3085) is added to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, to read:

TITLE 14.5. False Information Strategic Plans

3085.

(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.

So in other words, people who own a website will be forced to hire other people at an enormous cost to decide what is true and what is not. Except that “fact checkers” hired for companies like Snopes, Facebook, and other social media are blatantly left leaning. The tendency is that Conservative blogs, news, opinions, etc are considered “fake news” even when the real “fake news”is mostly liberal news media who twist up the facts and actually have had to backtrack on some of their phony stories.

Who will appoint these “fact checkers?” Guaranteed this is a recipe for trouble. If you live in California, you might want to call your Senators.

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