A Colorado State Senator is introducing one of the most draconian anti-free speech pieces of legislation in American history, seeking to create a governmental press licensing commission to regulate online speech.
Kerry Donovan of Vail’s “Colorado Digital Communications Act” would require internet platforms to register with the government in Colorado and submit to censorship demands. The bill targets platforms such as Parler, Gab, and Big Tech monopolies such as Facebook, (unconstitutionally) threatening the websites with fines of $5,000 a day for refusing to register with the Digital Communications Division.
The “communications division” would be obligated to fight against what Donovan says are “unfair or discriminatory digital communications practices,” raising serious questions about the standard the Democrat intends to use to justify government crackdowns.
Donovan’s act goes on to define unfair or discriminatory digital communications practices as “practices that promote hate speech; undermine election integrity; [and] disseminate intentional disinformation, conspiracy theories, or fake news.” Under Donovan’s tyrannical law, claiming JFK was shot by two shooters would be criminal. Her standard for criminal speech is little more than “fake news,” in an utterly lazy power grab to ban (truthful) online right-wing speech.