Did you hear the one about the New York state lawmakers who forgot about the First Amendment in the name of combating cyberbullying and "baseless political attacks"?From the story at Gizmodo:
Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, 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."
The Senate and Assembly measures, which are identical, cover messages on social networks, blogs, message boards or "any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages."
The bills also demand those sites to have a contact number or e-mail address posted for "such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted."
Oddly, the bill has no identification requirement for those who request the takedown of anonymous content.
The NY Legislature seems to have forgotten about the First Amendment (or does that not cover anonymous comments?).
Here's hoping our Legislature doesn't try this.