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Will California’s new bot law strengthen democracy?

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    Bullmaestro
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    It won't. Pharmaceuticals have a reason to obey Californian law. They're selling a product to its citizens and defying the law plus the hefty fines that come with it would have serious business...

    It won't.

    Just as pharmaceutical companies must disclose that the happy people who say a new drug has miraculously improved their lives are paid actors, bots in California—or rather, the people who deploy them—will have to level with their audience.

    Pharmaceuticals have a reason to obey Californian law. They're selling a product to its citizens and defying the law plus the hefty fines that come with it would have serious business ramifications.

    Do you think a Russian propaganda farm would give a flying fuck about California's bot law? No!

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    1. Neverland
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      I imagine that it's not just Russia using bots. I would bet that there are US based PR firms which use the same tools. This is a good start imo. For one thing any California based social media...

      I imagine that it's not just Russia using bots. I would bet that there are US based PR firms which use the same tools. This is a good start imo. For one thing any California based social media network can now say "you are banned due to breaking the law," not just some policy which can be questioned.

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