California governor vetoes bill to create ‘fake news’ advisory board

California Gov. Jerry Brown this week vetoed a bill that would have led to the creation of an advisory committee dedicated to curtailing the proliferation of ‘fake news’ on the internet.

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As the Democratic governor wrote in his decision to veto Senate Bill 1424, the committee consisting of experts in related fields was “not necessary” to combat the issue.

“This bill directs the Attorney General to establish an advisory group to study the problem of the spread of false information through Internet-based social media platforms,” Brown wrote. “As evidenced by the numerous studies by academic and policy groups on the spread of false information, the creation of a statutory advisory group to examine this issue is not necessary.”

If the governor had approved the bill, the new law would have mandated the board be created by April 1.

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