Apparently California Democrats have decided they’ve done all they can do for the time being to thwart federal law as it pertains to illegal immigrants, so now they’re turning their attention to something a little more fundamental to our American way of life: The Bill of Rights. After all, if the state can get away with hording and welcoming millions of people who don’t even belong in this country, why can’t they start chipping away at our freedom of speech? It makes perfect sense, and it fits right in with the progressive motto: Always Keep Moving Forward. Except, unfortunately, a progressive’s idea of “forward” looks not unlike a Communist totalitarian state.
The Democrat in question is California state Senator Richard Pan, and he’s introduced legislation that would force owners of social media sites that are physically located in California to hire fact checkers so that they aren’t spreading fake news across the internet. Like most of the liberal agenda, this is an idea that sounds halfway plausible if you’re the kind of person who lacks any ability to think critically. Unfortunately, this category includes most Democrat voters.
Pan introduced a bill called SB1424 Internet: Social Media: False Information: Strategic Plan.
This 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.
It’s difficult to see the denizens of Silicon Valley standing by while the wannabe fascists in Sacramento effectively make their entire business model illegal (there is no way, after all, to “fact check” your social media empire and still maintain anything resembling the open internet we have today), so we’re not too worried about Pan’s bill becoming law. We’re more concerned that we’re now living in a political climate where a Democrat – even a far left one – can even propose such a thing without being laughed out of politics forever. That’s a problem, because as we’ve seen so many times, today’s extremist idiocy can easily become tomorrow’s law.