is being considered in the state of California that would effectively
kill free-speech online by placing unprecedented regulations and
restrictions on media outlets, especially those who deviate from the
official government narrative on controversial issues.
senator who proposed the bill, Richard Pan, was also behind
bill mandating vaccinations for children who attend
to the text of this bill, titled SB1424
Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan:
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.
Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with
physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to
verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.
(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of
(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news
(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.
(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories
containing false information.
(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(c) 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 orlocations.
bill would place the government of the state of California in a
position of arbiter of truth and would allow them to censor any
information that runs counter to the official narrative. This
is especially dangerous for activists and dissenters, or anyone who
finds themselves questioning authority or exposing corruption.
“fact checkers” that major platforms like Facebook have relied on in
the past are proven to be attack dogs of the establishment, who are
obviously approaching the stories with their own subjective bias. For
example, Politifact was caught
changing vital information about Syrian gas attacks when
the mainstream narrative on the subject changed.
month, The Free Thought Project experienced Politifact’s corruption
firsthand, when they marked one of our articles as “false”
because a local police department changed their story after the fact.
They also used quotes from our staff out of context. Unsurprisingly,
this was an article about guns, the hot-button topic of the week where
the mainstream is attempting to control the narrative.
the most popular “fact
checker” is even worse, and we have caught them in multiple
lies and deceptions over the years. Just a few months ago, our
out Snopes for lying about House Joint Resolution 76, which
presented huge Fourth Amendment concerns. Snopes has also been
complicit in allowing flimsy stories promoting a new cold war with
Russia to go “unchecked”
for evidence or facts. Last year, Snopes gave The Washington Post a
them to publish a false report about the Russians hacking
Vermont’s power grid.
has been riddled with stories
of corruption in recent years, from fraud and embezzlement
to using company funds to pay for prostitution. David and Barbara
Mikkelson, ex-spouses and founders of Snopes, have been mixed up in an
ongoing legal battle since their divorce, and many of these details
were revealed in court.
Free Thought Project reported last week, the government of
Malaysia recently banned what they deem to be “fake
news,” and is now threatening 6 years in prison for people who
share content that they disagree with.
neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, including Singapore and the
Philippines, are introducing similar laws. Meanwhile, some European
countries already have these types of laws on the books.
year in Germany, legislation
was passed that legally forces publishers to delete
whatever the state deems to be hate speech or misinformation. Earlier
this year, French President Emmanuel Macron called for emergency
legal action to crack down on “fake news” during elections.
governments say that they are protecting their citizens from
misinformation, but what they are really doing is protecting
themselves from competition. As many of these politicians have pointed
out, the sea of information available to us on the internet has
fundamentally changed the way that governments operate and it has
stifled their ability to keep the masses of society bound to a
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