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SB-1424 Internet: social media: advisory group.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/25/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  May 10, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1424


Introduced by Senator Pan

February 16, 2018


An act to add Title 14.5 (commencing with Section 3085) to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, relating to the Internet.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1424, as amended, Pan. Internet: social media: advisory group.
Existing law prohibits a person, among others, from making or disseminating in any advertising device, or in any manner or means whatever, including over the Internet, any statement concerning real or personal property or services that is untrue or misleading, as specified.
This bill would require the Attorney General, not later than April 1, 2019, to establish an advisory group consisting of at least one member of the Department of Justice, as well as Internet-based social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars to study the problem of the spread of false information through Internet-based social media platforms, and draft a model strategic plan for Internet-based social media platforms to use to mitigate this problem. The bill would also require the Attorney General to draft potential legislation for mitigating the spread of false information through social media, if the advisory group deems it appropriate, and would authorize the advisory group to consult with the Legislative Counsel and the California Law Revision Commission, among others, for this purpose. The bill would require the Attorney General, by December 31, 2019, to present the results of the study, study and the model strategic plan, and the proposed legislation, if any, plan to the Legislature and specified legislative committees.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Title 14.5 (commencing with Section 3085) is added to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, to read:

TITLE 14.5. False Information Strategic Plans

3085.
 The Attorney General shall, not later than April 1, 2019, establish an advisory group consisting of at least one member of the Department of Justice, Internet-based social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars, to do all both of the following:
(a) Study the problem of the spread of false information through Internet-based social media platforms.
(b) Draft a model strategic plan for Internet-based social media platforms to use to mitigate the spread of false information through their platforms.

(c)Draft potential legislation for mitigating the spread of false information through social media, if the advisory group deems it appropriate. The advisory group may consult with the Legislative Counsel and the California Law Revision Commission, among others, for this purpose.

(d)

(c) Not later than December 31, 2019, present the results of the study, study and the model strategic plan, and the proposed legislation, if any, plan to the Legislature, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code, and to the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary.