New York Politicians Want to Ban Anonymous Internet Comments
A New York State Assemblymen wants to fight cyberbullying and “baseless political attacks” with a new bill that would ban anonymous web posts. The bill would make it so that all New York-based websites have 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,” according to Wired’s Threat Level.
The bill is the brainchild of Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte, who claims that it would eliminate “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”
Republican Sen. Thomas O’Mara is also sponsoring the bill, which he claims will “help lend some accountability to the internet age.”
But Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney with the Center for Democracy and Technology sees the bill as an overreach and a stifling of the First Amendment right to free speech.
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