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Fake news fears elicit more legislation

Fake news fears elicit more legislation

Fact-checkers, false news warnings, and outreach requirements. Those are just a few of the suggested elements of the “False Information Strategic Plans” bill recently introduced by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) with SB 1424.

The bill would require any person who operates a social media website 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 company to have a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, utilize fact-checkers to verify news stories, provide outreach to social media users, and place a warning on a news story that contains false information.