SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California will not create a “fake news” advisory group in order to monitor information posted and spread on social media.

Senate Bill 1424 was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. He wrote:

“This bill directs the Attorney General to establish an advisory group to study the problem of the spread of false information through Internet-based social media platforms. As evidenced by the numerous studies by academic and policy groups on the spread of false information, the creation of a statutory advisory group to examine this issue is not necessary.”

The bill would have required the California Attorney General to create the advisory committee by April 1, 2019. It would have had to consist of at least one person from the Department of Justice, representatives from social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars.

The Assembly and Senate-passed bill required the advisory group to study how false information is spread online, come up with a plan for social media platforms to fix the problem, and develop criteria establishing what is “fake news” versus what is inflammatory or one-sided.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation opposed the bill, calling it “flawed” and “misguided.” The group argued the measure would make the government and advisory group responsible for deciding what is true or false. It also pointed out the First Amendment prevents content-based restrictions, even if the statements of “admittedly false.”

A recent study by Massachusetts-based MindEdge Learning was conducted with 1,000 young adults, ages 18 to 31-years-old. According to MindEdge’s nine-question survey, 52 percent of the respondents incorrectly answered at least four questions and received a failing grade. The number of young adults who could detect false information on the internet went down by all of the group’s measures. Only 19 percent of the college students and grads scored an “A” by getting eight or nine questions correct. That number is down from 24 percent in last year’s survey.

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Facebook recently did away with its “Trending News” section – calling it outdated and unpopular. That section was criticized in the past after reports came out claiming the human editors were biased against conservatives. After Facebook fired those editors, the algorithms it replaced them with couldn’t always distinguish real news from fake.

After the 2016 election, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg denied that fake news spread on the social site he oversees influenced the outcome- calling the idea “crazy.”

A previous bill, AB 155, would have required schools to teach students the difference between “fake news” and “real news.” It died in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

Senate Bill 1424 was authored by Senator Dr. Richard Pan. It passed the Assembly and Senate in late August.

Comments (16)
  1. Brent Moore says:

    But, But, RUSSIA!!

  2. Dan Purcell says:

    California blows.

  3. Robert Hunter says:

    A chance to allow a small group of government selected individuals decide what news can be displayed on social media and Brown vetoed it! Whoda thunk it!. TRUMP 2020!

  4. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
    Luckily for Taxifornians, Jerry Brown behaved like a Civil Libertarian in this case.


  6. Fred Rhodes says:

    I think this is fake news.

  7. Let’s call it – The ministry of Truth.

  8. So Brown supports Fake News, if it wasn’t Fake he’d be out of Office…lol

  9. Russ Hamilton says:

    They are afraid it could be used against them….

  10. Gene Easley says:

    Jerry Brown is the California political equivalent of Michael Meyers from the movie Halloween just when you think he’s gone, finished, couldn’t destroy anything else, here comes a sequel “Halloween” 2018. He is like the worst governor in California history and worst example of a human being to ever live, he hasn’t met with Trump once as I recall which sends a message to all residents of California and citizens of the U.S., Mexico, Canada and beyond that he (Brown) believes himself to be above the political level of president of the United States of America.

  11. jwden123 says:

    Brown is the poster boy for fake news

  12. Al Clarke says:

    I like the “broken clock” analogy but am willing to forego repeating it to congratulate him on getting these two issues right.

  13. Tom Truther says:

    Brown would be of more use if he grabbed a pooper scooper to clean the Brown off the kaleefornee streets, a useless communist.

  14. Fred Stevens says:

    So…the legislature passed it and it took a veto to stop it.

    They will just wait a few months until “I hate America” Newsom is governor and bring it back.

  15. Paul Roberts says:

    “Governor Brown Vetoes Fake News Advisory Group Bill, Calls It ‘Not Necessary’ Governor Brown would be forced to tell the truth. He can’t do that! The Liberal media would be destroyed because they would have to tell the truth. Liberals don’t want that!

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