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California's Newsom signs bill requiring social media firms transparency

Politics Sep 14, 2022 02:56PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during his meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (not pictured) at the California Science Center outside the Ninth Summit of the Americas, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 9, 2022. REU

(Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday he had signed a bill into law requiring transparency of social media companies, a move that could draw criticism from tech firms and industry groups.

The law, AB-587, will require social media companies to publicly post their policies regarding hate speech, disinformation, harassment and extremism on their platforms, and report data on their enforcement of the policies.

Last year, the governor of Texas signed a bill prohibiting social media firms from restricting users or their posts based on their viewpoint. The Supreme Court in May blocked the law, after technology industry groups sued.

"California will not stand by as social media is weaponized to spread hate and disinformation that threaten our communities and foundational values as a country," Newsom said in a statement.

The latest measure is expected to bring transparency and accountability to the policies that shape social media content, Newsom added.

California's Newsom signs bill requiring social media firms transparency
 

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gab nea
gab nea Sep 15, 2022 7:57AM ET
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the governor of texas could learn a thing or two from the real governor of California. what a stark contrast!
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Tre Hsi Sep 15, 2022 7:57AM ET
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lake Tenn  hmmm, speaking of people leaving bad states, all those rural red states like West Virginia and Mississippi and Kansas have been losing people for how many decades now???
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why is land and homes in New York and California worth more than 3x the value of same in texas and florida? bad governors in red states!
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lake Tenn  "but Virginia and Kansas have had positive inflows...."  - urrrr, Virginia isn't West Virginia, this is what happened when someone gets his degree from Trump University...
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"transparency and accountability" also known as lack of privacy and compliance
 
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