AB 587

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jun 02, 2021
  • Senate
  • Governor

Social media companies: terms of service.

Abstract

Existing law requires an operator of a commercial website or online service that collects personally identifiable information through the internet about individual consumers residing in California who use or visit its commercial website or online service to make its privacy policy available to consumers, as specified. This bill would require a social media company, as defined, to post their terms of service for each social media platform, as defined, owned or operated by the company in a specified manner and with additional specified information, subject to certain exceptions. The bill would define "terms of service" to mean a policy or set of policies adopted by a social media company that specifies, at least, the user behavior and activities that are permitted on the internet-based service owned or operated by the social media company, and the user behavior and activities that may subject the user or an item of content to being actioned, as defined. This bill would also require the social media company to submit reports, as specified, starting no later than January 1, 2024, to the Attorney General. The bill would specify the information required by the reports, including, but not limited to, the current version of the terms of service for each social media platform owned or operated by the company, specified categories of content and what policies the social media company has for that platform to address that content, and data related to violations of the terms of service for each platform. The bill would require the Attorney General to make all terms of service reports submitted pursuant to those provisions available to the public in a searchable repository on its official internet website. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that a social media company that violates the above provisions shall be subject to meaningful remedies sufficient to induce compliance with these provisions, and would specify civil penalties that a company shall be liable for if the bill's provisions are violated, and how the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney may bring an action against violators. The bill would specify that the duties, obligations, remedies, and penalties imposed by the bill are cumulative to existing law.

Bill Sponsors (11)

Votes


Actions


Aug 15, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 11, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (August 11).

Aug 02, 2022

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jun 30, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 29, 2022

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 28).

Jun 23, 2022

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jul 13, 2021

Senate

In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Jun 16, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jun 03, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Jun 02, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 64. Noes 1.)

May 24, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (May 20).

May 12, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR. suspense file. APPR

Apr 29, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 28, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 27, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 27).

Apr 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 22). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Apr 19, 2021

Assembly

Assembly Rule 56 suspended. (Page 1059.)

Assembly

(pending re-refer to Com. on JUD.)

Mar 26, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on P. & C.P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on P. & C.P.

Mar 25, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on P. & C.P. Read second time and amended.

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on P. & C.P. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on P. & C.P. and JUD.

Feb 12, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 14.

Feb 11, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB587 HTML
02/11/21 - Introduced PDF
03/25/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/28/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/23/22 - Amended Senate PDF
06/30/22 - Amended Senate PDF
08/11/22 - Amended Senate PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/21/21- Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection PDF
04/24/21- Assembly Judiciary PDF
05/10/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/24/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
07/09/21- Senate Judiciary PDF
06/25/22- Senate Judiciary PDF
07/29/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/11/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/15/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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