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Apr 11 2018

California’s SB 1424 Would Shut Down Free Speech on Internet

We are told — and Silicon Valley bigwigs like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey concur — that resistance to Big Government liberals must be crushed nationwide the way it has been in California in a New Civil War, so that we can all unite behind Democrats’ increasingly radical left-wing ideology. California’s SB 1424, a law proposed by State Senator Richard Pan, demonstrates where that road would take us:

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.

“False” means noncompliant with the official viewpoint of those in charge.

We aren’t just talking about Fakebook and Twitter. The law would apply to any blog or even email account:

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.

This would shut down online speech disapproved of by California’s loony-left bureaucracy. No wonder liberals tell us the Constitution is outdated and needs to go through the shredder. No way could this bill be squared with the First Amendment. But then, get enough progressives on the courts and it won’t matter; every amendment will be ignored, the way the Tenth Amendment is already.

On tips from Stormfax, seaoh, ABC of the ANC, Occam’s Stubble, Anonymous, Mr. Freemarket, Jester, and Bodhisattva.

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