When it comes to making changes in the Golden State, Governor Gavin Newsom never tires. On Wednesday, he announced the bill AB 587sponsored by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, is the first social media transparency measure of its kind to protect Californians from hate and misinformation being spread online.
Reports indicate that the bill will require social media companies to publicly post their policies regarding hate speech, misinformation, harassment and extremism on their platforms and report data on the enforcement of the policies. “California will not stand idly by as social media is weaponized to spread hate and misinformation that threaten our communities and core values as a country,” Governor Newsom said.
He continued: “Californians deserve to know how these platforms are impacting our public discourse, and this action brings much-needed transparency and accountability to the policies that shape the social media content we consume every day. I thank Assemblyman Gabriel for championing this important measure to protect Californians from hate, harassment and lies spread online.”
AB 2273 also prohibits companies that provide online services, products, or features that are likely to be accessed by children from using a child’s personal information. This includes collecting, selling, or retaining a child’s geolocation, profiling a child by default, and directing or encouraging children to provide personal information.
Additionally, the bill also requires that privacy information, terms of service, policies, and community standards be readily accessible and respected, and requires responsive tools to help children exercise their privacy rights. The bipartisan legislation strikes a balance that protects children and ensures that tech companies will have clear rules that allow them to continue to innovate.
Several roommates applauded Governor Newsome for always being on the cutting edge. One commented that he is always making moves for California, and another said that he should run for president. Roommates, should more states follow Governor Newsom and adopt the bill?