California bill offers phony solution to ‘fake’ news problem

SACRAMENTO — A new California bill targeting internet “bots” — short for robots that post retweets or do other automatic tasks on the worldwide web — sounds like a simple way to deal with the sometimes irksome automated accounts that can spread misinformation in the guise of media campaigns. But the legislation could wreak havoc on the internet, where around 52 percent of all traffic is generated in some way or another in this bot-based manner.

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