Video of the Day: California to Consider Fake News Advisory Group

This should work real well..  On Monday, CBS Sacramento said that California lawmakers are considering a measure to monitor social media posts for so-called “fake news.”

According to CBS Sacramento:

California is considering creating a “fake news” advisory group in order to monitor information posted and spread on social media.

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Senate Bill 1424 would require the California Attorney General to create the advisory committee by April 1, 2019. It would need to consist of at least one person from the Department of Justice, representatives from social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars.

The advisory group would be required to study how false information is spread online and come up with a plan for social media platforms to fix the problem. The Attorney General would then need to present that plan to the Legislature by December 31, 2019. The group would also need to come up with criteria establishing what is “fake news” versus what is inflammatory or one-sided.

CBS notes that not everyone is thrilled with the idea:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation opposes the bill, calling it “flawed” and “misguided.” The group argues the measure would make the government and advisory group responsible for deciding what is true or false. It also points out the First Amendment prevents content-based restrictions, even if the statements of “admittedly false.”

Here’s the video report, courtesy of CBS Sacramento:

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