If the new ‘anti-Russian’ bill makes it as a law, running an alternative media website in the United States would be illegal.
The House of Representatives claims that this bill (H.R. 6393) or otherwise known as ‘Intelligence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2017’ has the goal to combat ‘Russian propaganda’.
They said that it’s an attempt to act against certain ‘measures by Russia to exert covert influence’ in the US. But the question is what is considered as ‘Russian influence’ and whether this would also affect the so-called ‘fake news’ websites or any other site whose content is perceived as anti-establishment.
As ‘negative or covert influence’ are viewed all kinds of media manipulation, covert broadcasting, disinformation and forgeries, as well as ‘funding agents of influence’. Anything that even slightly ‘qualifies’ in these categories would be considered violation of the law.
It can be easily predicted how this if this law is authorised by the Senate and the president, it would be used against anything that will speak against the establishment and would be labeled as ‘fake news’.
This started on November 24, when The Washington Post accused the Russians and said that their propaganda brought Donald Trump the victory in this year’s election.
“Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem”.
According to the newspaper, an anonymous website published a list, containing potential sites that would ‘fit’ in this ‘fake news’ category. The list include sites such as Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, Activist Post, Blacklisted News, and many others.
The sites are speculated to be directly or covertly connected to the Russian propaganda.
It is still uncertain if this bill will make its way into becoming a law, nor whether it would be used to track down this websites that are set up and framed into being part of a supposed ‘Russian propaganda’.
It’s obvious that Obama came up with this bill in his desperate attempt to ‘blame’ anyone for ‘helping’ Trump win the election.
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