JUST IN: California To Ban ‘Fake News’

California To Ban Fake News

Oh, California.

Where the roads have potholes, the grandmothers have pot, and everyone has holes in their pockets from burthensome taxes.

But wait! There’s more!

Now California plans to ban fake news!

According to BizPac Review:

The State of California is looking to become the first state to try and ban so-called “fake news,” but the move has free speech advocates worried that the rules can only end up quashing the First Amendment, not to mention serve to outlaw anything conservative.

A bill was filed this week in the State Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Affairs that some say will make it a crime simply to be wrong on the Internet, HeatStreet.com reported.

The bill would actually make it “unlawful” to “knowingly” publish false stories. But more telling, it is also specifically aimed at stopping people from writing about politicians.

“18320.5. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following:

(a) Any issue submitted to voters at an election.

(b) Any candidate for election to public office.”

The law brings more questions than answers.

Warner Todd Huston of BizPac raises important concerns about this legislation:

How does one prove that someone “knowingly” published false news about someone?

And who is to judge exactly when something is “illegal” fake news instead of just satire, or when some one is simply exaggerating without necessarily being malicious?

Further, who doesn’t think this will be an excuse for liberal politicians to quash the free speech of political opponents — most of whom will be conservatives?

Clearly, since this legislation originates from the land of fruits and nuts, the target is conservatives.

This month they will ban “fake news”–orrrrr any news that calls out their ridiculous liberal agendas, extensive tax hikes, poor functioning bureaucracy, and utopian visions of grandeur.

Maybe I should be careful with my words. After all, raising questions and criticism could influence a vote.

Today the news.

Tomorrow book burnings.

Monday will be duct tape around mouths.

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Source: thefederalistpapers.org