Thursday May 24, 2018

Proposed NY Law Would Put a Stop to Anonymous Online Commenting

A new piece legislation has been proposed in NY’s state government that would prohibit unidentified, or anonymous users from posting on NY-based websites.  Blogs, newspapers, social networks and message boards would have 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.”

According to Ars Technica, Jim Conte, a Republican assemblyman, wants to put a stop to the “mean-spirited” attacks online, while another assemblyman, Thomas O’Mara, added that the measure would help add accountability to posts online.

The bill also requires a contact number or email so users can report the anonymous content.

Ars Technica