What’s going on?
California is considering a bill that would require the state’s attorney general to create a “fake news” advisory board that would watch information posted on social media.
The group would include “at least one person from the Department of Justice, representatives from social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars,” according to CBS13. They would theoretically study how fake stories spread through social media and then advise platforms on how to stop them.
A little thing called the First Amendment …
If the bill passes, it will be a major blow to free speech and a free press in California. The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation is already taking a stand against the measure, saying it would violate the First Amendment and make the government responsible for deciding if news is true or false.
Too many Americans are unaware of their own constitutional rights. While fake news is a problem for both liberals and conservatives, more government control is not the answer.
“This is why we have to talk about the First Amendment early and often,” Glenn said on today’s show. “You think we’d know about Watergate if the government had that power? I don’t think so.”