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A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online.
The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “>web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
The bill, which does not ask for or clarify requirements from entities requesting the comment removal, would take effect 90 days after becoming law.
Pseudonymous and anonymous comments have long been a critical part of U.S. public discourse, though, and the bill may be on shaky legal ground.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) noted on its website that the “right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page.”
“Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the mayor’s office before going door-to-door,” wrote EFF, noting that the Supreme Court protects Internet commentary as it does pamphleteering.
The bill is part of a larger trend of lawmakers seeking to censor anonymous online speech.
Read more: dailycaller.com...
Originally posted by Mr Headshot
It's like saying you can go to a bar, but outlawing the alcohol.
So much bs.
reply to post by DAVID64
But sadly, most are low information voters and have a short memory anyway.
The New York State Assembly sought the passage of a similar bill in May 2012, and Arizona lawmakers worked to ban Internet trolling altogether in April 2012. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law in May 2012, but only after the contentious language was cut. Local lawmakers took similar action in Tennessee in 2012, when the Shelby County Commission pressed for a court order to reveal the identities of online commentators who posted nearly 9,000 comments on Memphis news site, Commercial Appeal. Read more: dailycaller.com...
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
Imagine at the birth of this nation if those who wrote the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers couldn't do so anonymously with the use of a pseudonym. This bill is about as good as the one down in Georgia whining about "malicious" photoshopping....it is a sign of true fear that their grip on power and control isn't as secure as they once thought it was.edit on 21-2-2013 by ownbestenemy because: Fixed state...
Originally posted by jibeho
Slowly pushing the limits. If they ever succeed with dismantling the Second Amendment, I've always said that the First Amendment is next...
reply to post by solomons path
The whole reason for this tact is to be able to identify those that make inappropriate comments and inform authorities.
Originally posted by Daughter2
The only people who should be required to fully identify themselves are government employees posting on a topic related to their position and people who receive government payments in connection with the topic.
It eventually started to take a very scary turn. For the posters who used their real name, they called their employer. They even started intimidating me by letting me know in a cryptic way, they knew my family members and my occupation. They would ask by if I'm willing to die for my opinions. There were direct threats of being sued (even though I just commented on public newspaper articles).
Anyway, I really tried to stay out of the drama but other posters found out some posters where LE (on government time) and people who received large government payments in association with the case (services).
It was shocking really. Perfect example of government infiltrating public opinion and using intimidation.