Anonymous Internet Commenters Are Pissing Off New York Politicians

05/23/2012 12:50 PM |

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The sacred right to comment anonymously on the internet has come under fire. In what seems like a flagrant breach of First Amendment safeguards, New York lawmakers have drafted twin State Senate and Assembly bills that would force New York-based website administrators to remove “any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such 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.” Shwa? Sorry, we were busy anonymously commenting on how much this reeks of thinly-veiled censorship, oh, and how much your favorite band f***ing sucks.

But the effort is real, and, apparently, it all comes down to a matter of cyberbullying. “Victims of anonymous cyberbullies need protection,” State Senator Tom O’ Mara, a sponsor of the Senate bill, said in a press conference. “We’re hopeful that this legislation can be helpful to the overall effort to deter and prevent anonymous criminals from hiding behind modern technology and using the Internet to bully, defame and harass their victims.”

While O’Mara highlighted cyberbullying in schools, Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte, a co-sponsor of the Assembly bill, in a statement on his website, applied the term to “posting anonymous criticism of local businesses” as well as “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks.” Hello, slippery slope. But what’s that nonsense about baseless political attacks? America (sup, GOP) runs on baseless political attacks.

Other commentators have pointed out that the legislation could have less to do with political campaigns and more to do with the money people have sunk into Facebook shares. Wired brought up this chin-stroker about the intent of the legislation: “A cynic, however, might see an attempt by lawmakers to prop up Facebook’s falling stock price via an implicit endorsement of the Facebook model of identity on the internet.”

Sheesh.

[via Wired]

10 Comment

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  • Jeezs…. my alts are gonna get a workout….

  • lulz USA and the UK now run on full retard.

  • u mad bro?

  • Oooh! What are they going to do waste tax payer resources and arrest people who’re out of state residence? I can see that going over like a lead ballon in wasting tax payer resources for something that stupid. Hell, that’s be a perfect excuse to kick them from office soon for being a bunch of pussies who get their panties in a twist because of criticism.

    Or wait until they come through NY and arrest them?
    I’ve got no problem telling off Peter King (R-NY) and telling him he’s a turd blossom or worse. If he puts my name on some no-fly list I’ve got no problem suing him for violation of the US and NY State Constitution. Also why shouldn’t they learn to put on their big boy pants and suck it up?

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  • You Americans suck with your new fictitious problems. You you feel bad and do something to yourself for what anyone told on the internet, you just went total retard, there is no such thing as cyber bullying. And victims of such fenomena are good example of retards. I hate American culture and government, because of your fault all world looks at you as an example and goes retard too. Your war on terrorism policy, war on drugs, ADHD, cyber bullying, ACTA are complete proof of your retardness, no offence good willed and thinking Americans but your government and a lot of your people are retards.

  • isisnt life grand boo i think there scare or on drugs hahahahaao say this isis vikik nphx hahaha WE THE PEOPLE SAY BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Such vile people supported the Confederacy and the enemy in both world wars aand now the war on terror. The only thing they like about homeand security is the pork and the attack on liberty. They also seek to conceal how Al Dumbotter, Tin Dog Skyllos, and Joe Monkeyellow have been in bed with the Cuomos and the Crowleys forever.

  • amend we need our rights our forfathers