[Ed. – It’s a totally brilliant plan, right? Because he doesn’t want to tax the speech; he wants to tax the damage from fake news. Of course, whatever power you give the government to identify “fake news,” partisans will immediately seek to use to their advantage. So, sure, Prof. Van Alstyne: let’s tax fake news, and then elect and appoint nothing but Republicans. Their powers to correctly identify fake news are way superior.]
A Boston University professor is suggesting tackling the problem of fake news by taxing it.
BU business professor Marshall Van Alstyne advocated the approach in a recent BU news release, expanding on the concept in an interview with Campus Reform. Van Alstyne says it is important to note that he does not want the censoring of free speech, but rather an accountability system for harmful fake news. …
“The simplest definition [of fake news] is information that causes harm at scale,” he said, suggesting that it may have cropped up in the 2016 presidential election and Brexit.
“[The point is] to recognize disinformation as a form of pollution in your news feed just like carbon monoxide in your air supply or dioxin in your water stream,” the professor explained to Campus Reform.