Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

Jon Rappoport

California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture.

It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech.

California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill. 

This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story.

The bill is titled “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.”

It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.

SB1424 is brief. Read it:

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.

(a) 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 the following:

(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.

(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 or locations.

Getting the picture?

It’s a free speech killer.

If it passes, agencies of the California government will develop numerous regulations for enforcement, including penalties for “speech criminals.”

Saying this bill violates the 1st Amendment of the Constitution is a vast understatement. The last time I looked, the Founders mentioned nothing about fact checkers or warnings attached to speech.

“Open borders and a flood of immigration into California are destructive to—wait. My statement has been precluded by warnings and fact-checker overrides…”

Or: “VACCINES ARE DANGEROUS. Ahem, I am making a debatable assertion and I must warn you that official experts strenuously disagree with me, and furthermore, the California Fact Checkers United, a division of Merck-Snopes Thought Police, has determined that my assertion is groundless and harmful to children’s health…”

There needs to be a relentless tsunami of protest in California over this Orwellian bill. I know of a number of Internet news operations in the state. They must jump in and lead the way.

In case you believe there are too many websites and blogs based in California to enforce a new draconian law, let me explain how the game works. Behind closed doors, the state government would decide to focus on a few big issues. For example, gun control, vaccines, and immigration. Enforcement agencies would go after the biggest Internet operations expressing politically unacceptable points of view on those subjects. At first. A spread of smaller operations would feel the heat later.

So-called fact checkers would come from government supported groups who agree with Official Positions. In other words, they wouldn’t be fact checkers at all. They would be prime news fakers.

When it comes to the issue of vaccines, for example, they would cite the notoriously biased “experts” at the Centers for Disease Control, never mentioning that the CDC buys and sells $4 billion of vaccines a year.

If, 10 or 15 years ago, someone told you a bill like SB1424 was going to come before a state legislature for a vote, you would have thought you were listening to a Hollywood pitch for a sci-fi movie script.

But now it’s real. It’s here. Believe it.


Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALEDEXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

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3 thoughts on “Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

  1. “If it passes, agencies of the California government will develop numerous regulations for enforcement, including penalties for “speech criminals.”

    ‘Dreamers’ will be exempt, of course.

    Never going back to that sh#thole state!

  2. “….placing a warning on a news story containing false information…..”

    It’ll never pass, and if it does, it’s easy enough to get around. Just put “false information” across he top of the website, and go on reporting the truth.

  3. xavier baccerra needs to go to supermax for that fake server image hidin the awan spy ring (which still is up and running treason as far as I know there’s still 30 blackberry carriers yes?)
    To make California Great again, a military tribunal needs to wash California clean again. (we got military bases so they should not have to travel too far)
    The oakland mayor needs to be rolled up for endangering public safety.
    The democrats that carried the awan blackberies need to be rolled up
    The sooner this Communist horse **** show is put down and made examples of, the sooner the faggitry kids at Buzzedrkly SSRI College will be de-funded and the commies permanently removed as their “free speech comes with violence without exception” Terrible that the psychiatrists (psychiatry is a quackery science) got them hooked on SSRI which is even worse to come off or so I hear.
    California needs the heavy military tribunal hand to crack down and smack the holy **** out of these mother******* marxist communists.
    The rest of the stuff is cleanup, but you can’t have cleanup out here until we have discipline and that right now isn’t flying.
    Another thing, the legal cannabis stuff is a good thing, not a communist thing, it helps many people including grandma with chronic pain stay off much worse drugs. don’t take away grandma’s cookies like the flippin marxist commie democrats are trying to get grandma’s guns.
    I seen alcoholics are more violent than someone using cannabis for 50 years.
    But at the same time (having worked on flying machines) I also understand there are certain occupations that you want drug free. Guess what.. I AGREE. Press on with drug tests for PILOTS or those with primary soul/life responsibility. But everyone else gets to have a dose in what ever format (and there are many now) they choose. Fix the Schedule 1 so it does not conflict with the 2A.

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