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A07581 Summary:

BILL NOA07581A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04512-A
 
SPONSORFahy
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add §394-ccc, Gen Bus L
 
Requires social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms and policies for reporting vaccine misinformation on their platform.
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A07581 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7581A
 
SPONSOR: Fahy
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms for reporting vaccine misinformation on their platform   PURPOSE: This legislation would require social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms for reporting vaccine misinformation on their plat- form   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section to the general business law. Specifically this legislation defines vaccine misinformation as a public expression, either verbally, in writing or through images, which intentionally is misleading about vaccines, vaccine side effects, vaccine compo- nents,vaccine efficacy, the relationship between illness and vaccines, or any other substantive information as it relates to vaccines. This section also defines social media networks, and requires them to maintain a mechanism for individual users to report and make complaints of vaccine misinformation. These mechanisms shall be clearly accessible to users and must be easily accessed from both apps and websites Further, Each social media network will have to create a clear and concise policy which includes how a social media network will respond and address incidents of vaccine misinformation which have been reported. Such policy shall include a mechanism to provide a direct response to an individual who has reported possible vaccine misinforma- tion and how the matter is being handled. Section 2 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation is part of a package aimed at addressing concerns about misinformation that is spread on social media networks. New Yorkers are all familiar with the expression if you see something, say something," but unfortunately many virtual social media platforms make the process of "saying something" confusing at best, and impossible at worst. This legislation seeks to empower users of social media to keep virtual spac- es safer for all by providing clear and consistent reporting mechanisms for instances of vaccine misinformation.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day.
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