Warren Proposes Criminal Penalties for Online Disinformation, Forgets False DNA Claim
Presidential hopeful get roasted on twitter after 'ironic' proposal
Warren wants to hold tech companies accountable for refusing to police their platform for 'incorrect' or 'misleading' information.
Warren announced her plan on Twitter, but many also saw the irony:
“Disinformation and online foreign interference erode our democracy, and Donald Trump has invited both."
“Anyone who seeks to challenge and defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election must be fully prepared to take this on – and I’ve got a plan to do it.”
The presidential candidate later published a press release titled “fighting digital disinformation.”
“I will push for new laws that impose tough civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating this kind of information, which has the explicit purpose of undermining the basic right to vote," the release states.
Like most of Warren’s plans, it is 'expansive' and involves forcing tech giants to “label” content before its spreads on social media.
Currently, content is only allowed to spread on Facebook unless it is labeled false or misleading by a verified "fact-checker."
Warren would “push to create civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in U.S. elections."
Although Warren pledges that her campaign will not “knowingly use or spread false or manipulated information, including false or manipulated news reports or doctored images, audio, and videos on social media,” she herself has contributed to the spread of disinformation online.
Twitter users were quick to point out why Warren may not be the most credible person to hold that torch of truth due to her false Native American DNA claims.
Here are some of the best ones below:
Disinformation and online foreign interference erode our democracy, and Donald Trump has invited both. Anyone who seeks to challenge and defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election must be fully prepared to take this on—and I've got a plan to do it. https://t.co/ZQ6B1AezBd— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 29, 2020
Imagine claiming concern about disinformation after making a tweet like the one below. pic.twitter.com/ra56EumtB9— Wesley Mullins (@wesleyamullins) January 29, 2020
* I did knowingly spread disinformation about my ancestry for 20 years for personal gain, but from now on I’ll try not to!— Aussie for Bernie Sanders 🇦🇺 (@HereBernie) January 29, 2020
"Imagine claiming concern about disinformation after making a tweet like the one below," one user said while retweeting Warren's infamous tweet about Michael Brown.
"I did knowingly spread disinformation about my ancestry for 20 years for personal gain, but from now on, I’ll try not to!" another user said.
Warren was recently forced to apologize for making false claims of Native American in her past and for claiming Cherokee heritage on a 1986 registration card for the Texas state bar that has recently surfaced.
Last year, Neon Nettle reported that a direct descendant of Warren was a member of a militia who slaughtered Native American tribe, the Seminoles, before driving them off their land.
Jonathan Crawford, Warren’s great-great-great-grandfather, served in Major William Lauderdale’s Battalion of Tennessee Volunteer Militia.
The militia was given the task of driving natives off their ancestral land.
Crawford's battalion slaughtered members of the Seminole Tribe as they fought against them during two battles in Florida.