Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that Democratic California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan has just proposed a new bill which he has named the “Online False Information Act.” If this bill were to pass, anyone who posts news on the Internet would be required to verify their information through “fact-checkers.”
Pan’s bill was actually filed towards the end of February as SB 1424, but was kept fairly hush hush. It requires that all websites based in the state of California come up with a strategy to fight what Pan called “fake news.” Pan proposed that this be done by using “fact-checkers” and warning all readers, which include those who came to the website via any social media outlet, of “false information.”
The bill reads as follows:
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
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
(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.
One could argue that the bill would impose crushing costs on both individuals and businesses. It would also be considered a tool for censorship by making even opinions subject to being put through only approved “fact-checkers.” It has not been released who would be appointing said “fact-checkers.” This detail could make all the difference.
As of right now, Facebook does use fact-checkers. These checkers are approved of by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). This organization is run by Poynter Institute. I bet you’ll never guess who takes credit for some of the Institute’s funding. None other than alt-left multibillionaire George Soros and his Open Society Foundation as well as other liberal organizations.
In November, Fox News reported on the corrupt nature of the social media empire that is Facebook: