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New York looking to stop anonymous posting online

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 May 2012 20:02 User comments (14)

New York looking to stop anonymous posting online Bill no. S06779 will look to block anonymous speech online.
Lawmakers in the state want to cut down on "mean-spirited and baseless political attacks" and also "turn the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity."

The bill itself is described by lawmakers as "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."

If the legislation were to ever be passed, an admin/owner of any website hosted in New York can, by request, remove comments "posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agreed to attach his or her name to the post and confirm that his or her IP address, legal name and home address are accurate." Furthermore, all website admins must have valid contact information "clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted."

There will be, of course, potential First Amendment issues with the bill, says Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney with the Center for Democracy and Technology. The lawyer says "this statute would essentially destroy the ability to speak anonymously online on sites in New York and provide a heckler's veto to anybody who disagrees with or doesn't like what an anonymous poster said."

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14 user comments

124.5.2012 20:14

Nope.

224.5.2012 20:34

Good Luck with that:
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This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 24 May 2012 @ 20:38

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

324.5.2012 21:49

yeah,be interesting to see how they go about this.

425.5.2012 1:43

I don't see where this law prevents you from saying what you want. That being said First Amendment case law, as it pertains to the Internet, is severley lacking considering how long the web has been a major part of our lives. There is one case, McIntyre v. Ohio Election Commission, that protects anonymity in the distribution of pamphlets. Another case, American Library Association v. U.S. Department of Justice, grants speech on the Internet to the highest level of First Amendment protection.

The language of this law would have to be worded to pertain to currently banned forms of speech (violent, treasonous, etc.) in order for it to stand a court challenge.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 May 2012 @ 1:56

525.5.2012 7:36
joeupyours
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N.Y. the NAZI state,upyoursNY,joeupyoursMF'S!

625.5.2012 8:31

Originally posted by joeupyours:
N.Y. the NAZI state,upyoursNY,joeupyoursMF'S!
They know who you are ;) hehehehehe

725.5.2012 9:07

Originally posted by Azuran:
I don't see where this law prevents you from saying what you want. That being said First Amendment case law, as it pertains to the Internet, is severley lacking considering how long the web has been a major part of our lives. There is one case, McIntyre v. Ohio Election Commission, that protects anonymity in the distribution of pamphlets. Another case, American Library Association v. U.S. Department of Justice, grants speech on the Internet to the highest level of First Amendment protection.

The language of this law would have to be worded to pertain to currently banned forms of speech (violent, treasonous, etc.) in order for it to stand a court challenge.

825.5.2012 9:08

ALL social media grabs the IP address of the post. If someone complains about an anonymous post. That site must remove the post unless the poster adds a name. The snap is how does the site know if the name is correct?

925.5.2012 11:01

They wouldn't as you could use a legitimate address that's not yours and a fake name. With that said it would be very difficult to enforce such a law but you know NY they'll still do it and Charles Schumer will boast what a great bill it is.

1025.5.2012 11:58

Exactly!

1125.5.2012 15:46
DBCOOPA
Unverified new user

What a load of shit. This country is fucked. Congress can't pass a bill to help lower unemployment or lower interest rates on student loans, but they have time to attack our freedom of speech and censor the internet every chance they get.

1227.5.2012 11:52

Notice it doesn't even say which lawmakers are in support of this bill. So are these "anonymous" lawmakers?


Egg

1327.5.2012 14:07

"Whatever you undertake, act in prudence, and consider the consequences." - anonymous

1427.5.2012 14:20

" If you enjoy the fruit, pluck not the flower" - anonymous

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