The ADL said that anti-Semitism, including “wild anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish financiers like George Soros manipulating world events,” must be censored and stopped and that there has been a 57% increase in harassment, vandalism, and violence in 2017. In response, professor David Bernstein wrote that the ADL’s study is false.
CA Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed illegal aliens to be employed by the government and he vetoed another bill that would have established a “fake news” advisory board. Activists went to state lawmakers’ offices and lobbied against both bills – and apparently were successful, despite discouragement from people on the internet.
Critics are concerned that the laws may serve the hidden purpose of justifying even more selective censorship of politically-unpopular content in the name of protecting copyrights. Article 11 of the law calls for a “link tax”. Article 13 threatens memes because the source material is often copyrighted.
Dragonfly, the search system, was designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian government views as sensitive, such as information about free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest. Poulson also had concerns over the accessibility customer data to Chinese agencies that target political activists and journalists.