It begins: CA senator introduces bill requiring state-sanctioned fact checkers to approve online content

It begins: CA senator introduces bill requiring state-sanctioned fact checkers to approve online content

[Ed. – So long, free speech.]

If California Democrat state Sen. Richard Pan has his way, everything posted online — even email — would require verification from state-sanctioned fact-checkers.

The measure, known as Senate Bill 1424, reads:

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. …

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