Tuesday, October 2, 2018

California law will require certain bots to identify themselves →

Gili Malinsky for the Los Angeles Times:

On Friday, [Gov. Jerry Brown] signed another bill that drew less attention — a new law that bans automated accounts, more commonly known as bots, from pretending to be real people in pursuit of selling products or influencing elections. Automated accounts can still interact with Californians, according to the law, but they will need to disclose that they are bots.

The law comes as concerns about social media manipulation remain elevated. With just more than a month to go before the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, social media companies have pledged to crack down on foreign interference.

So, we are apparently on a roll here in the great golden state. This won’t put an end to malicious bots for good, but this is the kind of legislation that we need moving forward. Proud to have California lead the way.