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First-of-its-kind California law would compel social media companies to disclose hate speech policies

The bill was first presented in 2021 but stalled in the Judiciary Committee due to concerns surrounding free speech. It faces continuing opposition from the Internet Coalition, a lobbying group that represents Google, Amazon and Meta, along with the California Chamber of Commerce, Consumer Technology Association, Internet Association, NetChoice and TechNet. Chief among their complaints are the burden of compliance and the concern that such detailed reporting of company policies would allow “bad actors” to evade content policies, Gabriel said.