First in the Nation: California Attempts ‘Fake News’ Ban

The bill, filed Wednesday in the Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Affairs, seeks, essentially, to make it a crime to be wrong on the Internet. The text of the bill implicates anyone who writes, publishes or even shares news stories they know could be false, if those news stories later have an impact on an election.

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  • BillyHW

    I think fake boobs in California should come with a disclaimer.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    And how can they prove that someone knows a story can be false?

  • Ego

    That’s crazy.

    “anyone who writes, publishes or even shares news stories they know could be false”

    ANY story could be false: intentionally, or due to wrong information published in good faith, or due to subsequent facts proving a bona fide-looking previous statement/assumption wrong.

    if those news stories later have an impact on an election

    Are people now expected to have a crystal ball?
    This bill is fascistic, plain and simple, and its aim is to club people into toeing the Party line or shutting up entirely.
    This bill is a shame.