Governor Newsom Signs Social Media Transparency Bill AB 587

When it comes to change in the Golden State, Gov. Gavin Newsom never tires. On Wednesday, he announced the bill AB 587sponsored by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, is a first-of-its-kind social media transparency measure designed to protect Californians from online hate and misinformation.

Reports say the bill would require social media to publicly post their policies on hate speech, disinformation, harassment and extremism on their platforms and report data on their compliance with the policies. “California will not stand by as social media is used to spread hate and misinformation that threaten our communities and the country’s fundamental values,” Governor Newsom said.

He continued, “California deserves to know how these platforms impact our public discourse, and this action provides much-needed transparency and accountability to the policies that shape the social media content we consume every day. I thank Assemblyman Gabriel for supporting this important measure to protect Californians from online hate, harassment and lies.”

AB 2273 also prohibits companies that provide online services, products, or features that may be available to children from using a child’s personal information. This includes collecting, selling or storing a child’s geolocation, default profiling a child, and encouraging or encouraging children to provide personal information.

In addition, the bill also requires privacy information, terms of service, community policies and standards to be easily accessible and enforced, and requires flexible tools to help children exercise their privacy rights. Bipartisan legislation strikes a balance that protects children and ensures that tech companies have clear rules of conduct that will allow them to continue to innovate.

Several roommates applauded Governor Newsom for always being one step ahead. One remarked that he was always making moves for California, and the other said that he should run for president. Roommates, should other states follow Governor Newsom and pass the bill?

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