No, this is not another faux-news item: this story is actually as bad as it sounds. New York State Senator Thomas O'Mara has introduced legislation that seeks to combat cyber-bullying by banning a well-loved American tradition: anonymous posting online.
Assemblyman Jim Conte, who wrote the bill, said the legislation wouldn't just combat online bullying - it would also crack down on anonymous criticism of local businesses and eliminate "mean-spirited and baseless political attacks," often made by anonymous commenters.
The soon-to-be-doomed legislation, called the Internet Protection Act, would have banned any anonymous comments made on any New York-based website, including blogs and newspapers. Website admins would've been forced to "remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post." And the law would have required the administrators to respond to any take-down request - even if that request was itself anonymous.
Yes we should institute this immediately ! How else are we to identify the dissenters among us. Once we identify these radical voices we should make them wear yellow or pink stars at all times in public so the public will be able immediately identify these dangerous individuals and know to ostracise them in the name of public safety for the good of the Reich,...er...republic.
I agree with this bill! People should have to take responsibility for their words, sure you are free to say whatever you want, but just the same as face to face you own your words! After dealing with Topix... Hint hint... Its shameful some of the things people say just because they can be detached from any responsibility or to hide their identity, i think this bill would be beneficial.
If this passes, it'll be struck down faster than it took FOX to start praising it. The Supreme Court exists for these very reasons. The Constitution is uncompromising, and therefore will always be upheld.
After the Civil War, General Sickles, who almost created a catastrophe at Gettysburg by moving his troops too far forward with no support, engaged in an op-ed war in the newspapers under a nom de plume.His primary target was General Meade, who was criticized for allowing Lee's army to evacuate. Sickles was a "political general" who had already beaten a murder charge for shooting his wife's lover. No one was especially scandalized because he was exercising his right as an American citizen. How much have things changed in the last hundred plus years! This bill, which is clearly unconstitutional, would be used in the future to shut down opinion sites such as this, social networks and any other that allows anonymity. It is called censorship.