California Passes Nation-Leading Social Media Transparency Measure 

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California has passed a law requiring social media companies to publish their policies on removing hate speech and other harmful content.

Governor Gavin Newsom said the state “will not stand by as social media is weaponized to spread hate and disinformation”.

“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.” Continued Newsom.

The law has gotten pushback from social media companies who say their content moderation policies are already public, and believe the new law will force them to hand over ‘sensitive information’ to state officials.

Jesse Gabriel, the assemblymember who wrote the bill said it will,

“Finally pull back the curtain and require tech companies to provide meaningful transparency into how they are shaping our public discourse, as well as the role of social media in promoting hate speech, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and other dangerous content.”

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