Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Five faces from the media who became political candidates MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced a bill to prohibit candidates, campaigns and political organizations from using social media bots, arguing the measure is necessary to clamp down on deceptive political advertising online.
The Bot Disclosure and Accountability Act intends to mitigate "the deceptiveness of social media bots, which impersonate human activity online" and the "effectiveness of efforts by foreign entities to influence United States elections."
The measure aims to regulate "the use of social media bots in political advertising, which is intended to deceive voters and suppress human speech," the legislation states.
“We know Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election, particularly the deployment of bots that provide content to fake accounts," Feinstein said in a statement.
"These bots were used for one purpose: to deceive voters. This bill prohibits bots from being used in any effort that seeks to subvert future elections,” she added.
The American public deserves to know who is behind online political content in order to make informed decisions. That’s why I’ve introduced a bill that prohibits candidates, parties and PACs from deploying bots to advertise in elections and deceive voters. https://t.co/0OcFd2Syty— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) July 16, 2019
The bill states that no candidate or political organization may "use or cause to be used any automated software programs or processes intended to impersonate or replicate human activity online to make, amplify, share, or otherwise disseminate any public communication."
The legislation would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to enforce social media transparency requirements regulating "the use of automated software programs intended to impersonate or replicate human activity on social media."
Former Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's report released earlier this year said his team found that "dozens" of political rallies were organized by a Russian troll farm that was later indicted for attempting to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A study released last month found that the troll farm carried out a "a highly professional campaign" that was "incredibly successful at pushing out and amplifying its messages.”