Republican-sponsored New York State Assembly bill would ban anonymous online speech.
"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..." S6779, introduced by Rep. O'Meara, is brief: it establishes "a person's right to know who is behind an anonymous internet posting" as a civil right, and requires that NY-based "Web site administrator[s]" remove any anonymous postings. The summary
of the Assembly bill, A8688, whose text is identical, describes the bill as "a means for the victim of an anonymous
posting on a website to request that such post be removed, unless the anonymous poster is willing to attach his or her name to it." [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur
on May 25, 2012 -