AUGUSTA — Maine’s Democratic Senate president believes the state must do extra to fight the unfold of misinformation on the Web.
Senate President Troy Jackson filed a invoice on Thursday that he mentioned would do exactly that. Jackson’s workplace mentioned the proposal would “require ‘pretend information’ web sites to publicly disclose who runs and funds the challenge in a transparent method on the web site’s homepage.”
Maine and different states have seen a surge in web sites that look like newspapers or different conventional information retailers however are literally utilized by political operatives to unfold misinformation and confuse readers, Jackson mentioned.
He mentioned Maine folks should know who’s funding and working the web sites.
It wasn’t clear who could be chargeable for figuring out what constitutes a “pretend information web site” beneath the proposal.
The invoice language remains to be being written, a spokesman for Jackson mentioned.