Anonymous Online Speech: Soon To Be Banned In New York?

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WTF Albany? Remember the authors of the Federalist Papers? Victoria Bekiempis writes in the Village Voice:

Legislation is pending in Albany that would make illegal anonymous online commenting, City & State tweeted this morning. Looks like Wired was among the first to report on the measure.

The bill’s backers, according to the mag, want to curtail “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”

The legislation would make New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, “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.”

The measures would also apply to messages on social networks and message boards or “any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages,” Wired points out, and requires that sites offer “a contact number or e-mail address posted for ‘such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted.'”…

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RWWAEM343UIK2IBZB3OXQZTQXM SPET67

    The NYS government is wrong about most things.  

  • MikePiazzasBalls

    BS email address from mail.com, fake name, number : problem solved.

    • Auto

      hushmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/rlsutton Robert lee sutton jr

    more control and you will give it to them cause you always do

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I’m sure that there’s some sort of irony about political spending being protected “free speech” but free speech not being protected “free speech”, but right now I’ve just got too much Authoritarian overload to massage it into some humorous quip.

    • rtb61

       Whoops they stuck it to review trolls. Basically anyone can complain about any message ie all messages in a forum and either everyone gives up their name and home address every message has to be deleted and the forum dies.
      Basically if anyone wants any privacy than they can never post on a forum and all forums are dead unless all their users willing surrender themselves to junk mailers of every type.
      Here’s how it works you political morons in New York, I write a script which harvest every user name then automatically demands forum poster details and then register them with every junk mailing poster.
      For some radical political types, don’t like a posting, pay them a personal visit.
      Let me guess, those ass hats in New York want it so that employers can target employees who don’t share the same political ideologies by the same token of course paid trolls, with multiple user names can also be targeted for personal visits, all those PR firms types, perhaps this isn’t such a bad idea after all, even when most PR work is right wing.

  • charlieprimero

    As currently worded, this law would prohibit the U.S. military’s new social media propaganda teams http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

    • NoahWay

      In case you haven’t noticed, government, military, corporate and financial are already exempt from the laws that are applied to the rest of us.

  • DeepCough

    Still <3 New York now?

  • Fact Checker

    The Federalist Papers weren’t published anonymously. 

  • 6Blackie6

    Call me stupid but isn’t that what the internet is all about?

  • Aungsan

    Welcome to Mubarak’s style of democracy, NY.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7CJLMOELEUQXJ3EBIITYE4VVVM X X

    MikePiazzasBalls
    ‘ BS email address from mail.com, fake name, number : problem solved.’

    WTF
    are you so fuking stoopid
    this isn’t something you just circumvent this is your fukin rights that you just so flagrantly have handed over for nothing, and not just your fukin rights but you have just seriously cheapened my rights that i so god damn cherish, you fukin moron, so whats next, i have to submit a summary of all conversations i have ever had and will have with anyone i have ever met to these retards that come up with this shit who couldn’t run a bath let alone a country.
    now please do the human genome a favour and place yourself under a bus
    no please, dowse yourself in petrol and set fire
    but at least get off my planet and go back to your insipid hell hole
    you weak, feeble, feckless kunt

    • MikePiazzasBalls

      *Stupid, *Cunt, *Fucking, What the fuck (spelled like a grown man)

      Do yourself a favor: When you get out of your mom’s basement, please don’t procreate. We’re better off with less of you. 

      You may now commence scratching your balls and eating your bag of hamburger flavored Doritos.

  • http://twitter.com/FutureSoundKUNV KUNV-FM Weekend

    “Protecting you form reality?” Kind of stretching it, don’t ya think?. Am I getting more conservative or does people owning up to their own statements sound like a god idea? I understand that the power to censor could lead in to scary territory but I hardly think the comment sections of online posts reflect “reality.” At least I really hope they don’t?

  • RoboKy

    Normally I’d be worried about something like this…but seeing as how my state’s government is a bloated, corrupt, shambling dinosaur, I’d be surprised if it could get out of it’s own way long enough to enact and enforce such a bill. 

    Cronysit bureaucracy at it’s finest!

  • Lifeofliberty

    The
    only possible (logical, sensible) reason that they would seek to stop
    anonymous posters is because they intend through fear and intimidation
    to try and stop dissent.This means dissent is being criminalized and targeted. Nothing new there, but the obvious trend is to prohibit free speech.Anonymity is a cornerstone of liberty and freedom, where you have the
    liberty to freely speak up without fear of repercussions or harm.
    Only by anonymity can this possibly happen.If anonymity is removed, then there will be neither freedom or
    liberty anymore. It will all be under government regulation, control and
    identification, undoubtedly used to isolate individuals and suppress
    free speech.Controlling opinions and dissent is the goal. However, dissent is
    “the highest form of patriotism”. So what they’re really seeking to do
    is regulate and then criminalize patriotism.

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