George Washington and the apple tree Expect ALL to speak TRUTH. Punish LIES.

George Washington said, “I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.” We need to return to that standard.

You must be held accountable:

  • if you lie about a stolen election without court-admissible proof,
  • if you lie about unproven election fraud,
  • if you lie about your opponent’s record, qualifications, or statements.

So how do we accomplish this?

To inhibit the proliferation of false rumors, conspiracy theories, and disinformation across social media platforms, we need to take three corrective actions:

  • Treat Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and other social media platforms like newspapers. Hold them accountable for lies Hold them accountable for content that appears on their platforms and reaches more than five people. Repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
  • Require all public speech to be truthful. Let’s reset the standard for defamation: one must tell the truth. We must hold people accountable for the things they say in public. Allow victims, even “public persons”, to successfully sue for libel. The only defense against such a lawsuit is a demonstration that the attack was truthful. (Copy UK law.)
  • Require broadcast TV & radio to fairly treat both sides, that is, reimpose the FCC’s old Fairness Doctrine. Find a legal mechanism to apply the Fairness Doctrine also to cable news and streaming services.