Arizona Calls for Anti-Troll LegislationAdded: Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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It seems that Arizona lawmakers have taken time out from targeting unauthorized aliens and have turned their attention on those individuals who troll on the Internet.
Actually, some experts regard it as trolling a whole state – the matter is that a refresh of the local telecommunications harassment legislation could make the practice of harassing people on the Internet against the law.
It turned out that Arizona House Bill 2549 has already passed both of the Arizona’s legislative bodies and is currently sitting on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer to be signed in the nearest future.
The legislation in question is meant to make it illegal to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend others on the Internet, as well as to “use any electronic or digital devices; obscene, lewd or profane language; suggest any lewd or lascivious act; threaten to inflict physical harm to anyone or anyone’s property”.
Finally, online trolling could get the offender 6 months breaking rocks. In case electronic devices were used to stalk any person, the charges then become a felony, where the penalties range from a minimum sentence of 2½ years in prison.
Yahoo confirmed that the thing has been set up to defend the citizens of the state from online bullying. However, as many might expect, the Arizona legislation is at least “overly broad” and uses vague terms like “annoy” or “offend”. Instead of just dealing with online bullying, it could be applied to online forums or comments that miff people.
In respond, free speech groups claim that they can’t believe the legislation would ever stand up in court. Indeed, it’s fairly likely that the Supreme Court would shoot it down as unconstitutional one. In fact, one man’s trollage equals to another’s free speech!
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
|this article is crap and this site sucks...OH NO - I'm going to jail!!! lol those comments were sarcasm - love this site!|
|posted by (2012-04-11 20:14:43)|
|posted by (2012-04-11 21:32:09)|
|I have two words for the Arizona lawmakers -- "Challenge Accepted."|
No seriously I mean I am against bullying. But some people try to pass an anti-freedom of speech legislation in the guise of punishing bullies. I am not an US citizen but I think the American constitution safeguarded freedom of speech. So if someone writes a blog criticizing say a policy of the Arizona govt, the govt will say that person is trolling and put him in jail for 6 months.
|posted by (2012-04-12 02:45:58)|
|Welcome to the new world order. In all seriousness, I would like to see them try to enforce this. Its pretty laughable.|
|just more censorship|
|posted by (2012-04-12 04:55:23)|
|Get used to it guys.. we're gonna see a whole sh*t load of crap like this more and more frequent.|
|Seems the primary point behind this article was to take a shot at Americans who oppose illegal immigration. Nothing wrong with targeting illegal "aliens" or, more properly put, immigrants, law breakers. They are the demise of my country. Get'em all and send'em packing!! Seems many forget the key word is "Illegal"..|
|posted by (2012-04-12 07:58:53)|
|How do you inflict physical harm over the internet?|
|scarbot - you have people killing themselves over it or going to their school and shooting the crap out of it due to their weak minds. They are unable to take Trolls and bullying.|
Classic case of a female teens mother who trolled another then this female that was trolled committed suicide. Mother was charged for that.
I have a core group of trolls that do nothing but follow me around ET and make stupid posts whining and biaaatching about my posts. What makes their Troll Posts so stupid is they don't have to read them; but they do??
|posted by (2012-04-13 00:24:34)|
|"In fact, one man’s trollage equals to another’s free speech!"|
Accept it people: If you want free speech, you gotta be able to deal with those who DISAGREE. If you can't then you are weak minded and don't deserve to voice your own opinion. This is common sense anyway. Besides, trolling is incredibly entertaining! As long as you speak the truth when trolling, I see no problem at all.
|posted by (2012-04-13 06:25:46)|
|Yeah exactly. Threatening and bullying on the internet is counterproductive, stupid, immature, and selfish.|
|The goal of this bill is worse than SOPA, but I would love to see how the hell they would enforce it.||
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