The New York State Legislature is considering this proposed law that, if passed, would require web editors and administrators to remove any anonymous comments on their sites. Yes, any. Not just some rant, not a bellicose tirade that’s racist, violent, discriminatory, homophobic or insulting. ANY postings that don’t have names attached to them.
Ostensibly aimed at curbing online bullying, the measure would put an end to anonymous speech on the Internet and place the onus of censor on the operators of every New York based Web operation that provides comment opportunities for its visitors.
Here’s what else it could do:
*stifle whistleblowers and sources for stories that lead to uncovering corruption, fraud, and bullying.
*choke off critical and unpopular speech
*deputize editors and web administrators to act like police
Talk about bullying. This unsound act is being forced down our throats from politicians who seem to be looking for a quick fix and a long limelight
Let’s hope reason – and vocal outrage – persuade NY State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) to withdraw the IPA.