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No More Anonymity for Blog Posts in New York State

Written by Gary North on May 24, 2012

There is a group of legislators in the state of New York who have introduced a bill to ban “baseless political attacks” on the Internet.

If the bill is signed into law, blogs operated in the state of New York will be required 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.”

Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said the legislation would cut down on “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks” and “turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.”

I can understand the concern of lawmakers in New York State. They are dealing with cyberbullies who regard this sort of legislation as off-the-wall nuts. These cyberbullies do things like quote the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from interfering with free speech.

The next thing you know, voters will go to the polls and vote for challengers.

This sort of thing must be nipped in the bud.

State Senator Thomas O’Mara, who is co-sponsoring sponsoring the bill, said the law would “help lend some accountability to the internet age.”

That’s what we need more of: accountability. All those opposed to accountability, please stand up. (And have your ID with you.)

The following would be protected from anonymity: any messages on social networks or blogs. Also covered are message boards or “any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.”

From now on, anyone who posts a message must list either an email address or a phone number.

With lawmakers like these, the people living in New York State know that their interests are being protected from unscrupulous people who wish to remain anonymous.

Had this law been in force in 1787 and 1788, those cyberbullies who wrote the Federalist Papers would not have been allowed to hide behind that fake Publius pseudonym. They would have been required to post their email addresses:




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7 thoughts on “No More Anonymity for Blog Posts in New York State

  1. This has absolutely nothing to do with cutting down on mean spirited baseless political attacks but everything to do with controling the people. Just how much more are we going to take????

  2. sean murry says:

    this is about cotroling us.

  3. No More Anonymity for politicians who attach covert spending of citizen wealth on insider garbage for political gain.

  4. ProundPatriotToo says:

    Freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of expression. They may try, but just remember, they can't stop us in what we are silently thinking in our minds. It's just part of the political correctness that the well known company (family) coined back in the late 80s. Arm & Hammer. Political Correctness is a Saul Alinsky play book code talk for Public Communism

  5. Fine, NY State—now let's see you put out a new law that makes it a felony of the highest caliber for lying in order to secure an elected position. That law should read: Any person(s) who lie–deliberate or not–in order to acquire an elected position before, during, or after a campaign shall be held accountable for a felony in the First Degree. Upon conviction, said felon will serve a sentence of not less than Twenty (20) years nor more than Forty (40) years. Persons convicted under this law are not eligible for parole or probation and man NEVER apply for another elective position, nor may they be elligible for any not-elective government position, which includes teaching in institutions of education regardless of the institution's educational level. A companion law would cover those who lie once they are in office and the consequences should be just as tough.

  6. I guess they do not want comments on Rep Rangel and his failure to pay back taxes, and got a slap on the hand, or maybe protest about Mayor Bloomie's refusal to allow religious leaders to attend the 9/11 commemoration ceremony, hell he didn't even allow the men who put their lives on the line on that terrible day to attend. Let's not forget Chuckie Schumer who has pledged to write a bill to push more Obama care cr_p if the bill in the Supreme court is voted down. They are a great bunch to emulate? NOT in a million years. They are trying to tread on the first amendment , by following the President, who disses the Constitution as being an old outdated document. Remember in November !

  7. Cliffystones says:

    The same dimwits who don't want voter ID.