CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN’: Proposed legislation bans “fake news.” “Even satirical websites, such as The Onion, could come under fire.”
The new proposal bars the online publication of a “false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote.” Bye-bye online news. On the flip side, this legislation would probably outlaw lawmakers’ and candidates’ online speech, too.
The bill is proposed by California Assemblyman Edwin “Ed” Chau, a Democrat representing a section of Southern California. The proposal, which is likely unconstitutional on its face, was supposed to have a committee hearing Tuesday afternoon, but it was pulled at the 11th hour.
The measure does have a laudable goal, however. It’s designed to combat the so-called “fake news” that filled the 2016 election season.
There’s nothing laudable about telling adults what they may read, see, or listen to.