Governor Gavin Newsom Signs New Social Media Legislation to Censor “Hate Speech” and “Disinformation”

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs New Social Media Legislation to Censor “Hate Speech” and “Disinformation”


According to Didi Rankovic of the Reclaim the Net, California signed this bill into law which has the aim of forcing social media companies to file enforcement reports two times annually to the state attorney general and publicly outline policies  on “‘hate speech,’ disinformation, harassment, and extremism.”

After AB 587 received Newsom’s signature, the governor said that this is a social media “transparency and accountability measure” with the supposed aim of protecting Californians from “hate and discrimination.” 

According to Rankovic, these reports will mandate tech companies to “explain how and if they define and remove content from a number of categories, such as hate speech or racism, extremism or radicalization, disinformation or misinformation, harassment, and foreign political interference.”

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In addition, the reports are

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