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New York Politicians Move to Ban Anonymous Commenting

Which one is the First Amendment again?
picture 23 New York Politicians Move to Ban Anonymous Commenting

Senator O’Mara (nysenate.gov)

This should go over well with our tech-obsessed mayor. A piece of legislation proposed in both New York state houses seeks to ban anonymous commenting from New York-based websites.

As a person who writes on the Internet, this sounds amazing! How about a name to go with that thoughtless feedback, Mr. Not So Nice Guy? Of course, as a proponent of the First Amendment, we would like to tell Senator Thomas O’Mara where he can put this bill. Anonymously, of course.

According to Wired:

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.”

We maintain that one of you anonymous rapscallions must have really hurt Senator O’Mara’s feelings. Feel free to offer your condolences to him in the comments.

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