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Did you hear the one about the New York state lawmakers who forgot about the First Amendment in the name of combating cyberbullying and “baseless political attacks”?
Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, 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.”
No votes on the measures have been taken. But unless the First Amendment is repealed, they stand no chance of surviving any constitutional scrutiny even if they were approved.
Oddly, the bill has no identification requirement for those who request the takedown of anonymous content.
Originally posted by neo96
For the simple fact and do not take this the wrong way and by no means i mean ATS readership there are a lot of crazy people out there who will track you down it they do not like what you have to say and god forbid the worse happens.
Free speech is free speech if people can't handle then that is on them and they should leave the rest of us alone.
Originally posted by Cassius666
I hope it passes and once people are used to speak their mind online they will lose their inhibition to do so offline.
AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to protecting a
person's right to know who is behind an anonymous internet posting
2. A WEB SITE ADMINISTRATOR UPON REQUEST SHALL REMOVE ANY COMMENTS
22 POSTED ON HIS OR HER WEB SITE BY AN ANONYMOUS POSTER UNLESS SUCH
23 ANONYMOUS POSTER AGREES TO ATTACH HIS OR HER NAME TO THE POST AND CONFIRMS
24 THAT HIS OR HER IP ADDRESS, LEGAL NAME, AND HOME ADDRESS ARE ACCURATE.
Originally posted by dreamingawake
Web Site admin will have to confirm that the IP address present is that of the person as well as their legal name and home address.
Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his or her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press.
With that I suspect it won't be limited to just NY. If passed suspect a possible coming of the Internet ID.
Originally posted by PrinceDreamer
I don't see how this legislation restricts anyone's right to free speech, from what I can gather about the first amendment it guarantees your right to free speech, it does not however guarantee your right to anonymity. This bill if passed does not restrict what you say, it does however tie you to your statements.