Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday released a plan to fight disinformation and to hold tech companies accountable for their actions in light of the 2016 election.The most notorious such story in the 2016 campaign was a hoax that the Pope had endorsed Trump. It was widely forwarded on Facebook.
"Disinformation and online foreign interference erode our democracy, and Donald Trump has invited both," Warren said in a Tweet Wednesday. "Anyone who seeks to challenge and defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election must be fully prepared to take this on – and I've got a plan to do it."
Warren proposed to combat disinformation by holding big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google responsible for spreading misinformation designed to suppress voters from turning out.
"I will push for new laws that impose tough civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating this kind of information, which has the explicit purpose of undermining the basic right to vote," Warren said in a release.
It is likely that most of those forwarding the story knew that it was a joke.
So Warren really wants criminal penalties for passing a hoax story about the Pope endorsing Trump? This woman is desperate. She stole some voters from Bernie Sanders, but it appears that Sanders is getting them back.
The Left has figured out that they can only win if they control the media. They control about 90% of it, but that is not enough.