new state law: paid bloggers must be ...

new state law: paid bloggers must be reported.

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Mary Malone

Arroyo Grande, CA

#1 Sep 21, 2013
Posting sock-puppets beware! New State rules force politicians and political campaigns to reveal the identities of bloggers they pay to post on social media.

According to the LA Times (9/19/2013):

"SACRAMENTO Under new rules approved Thursday, the state hopes to help Californians determine whether political material they read online is a writer's own opinion or propaganda paid for by a campaign.
Campaigns will now have to report when they pay people to post praise or criticism of candidates and ballot measures on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other websites.
The public is entitled to know who is paying for campaigns and campaign opinions," so voters can better evaluate what they see on blogs and elsewhere online, said Ann Ravel, who chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission...."

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