Arizona bill targets Internet trolls

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Registered: 01-23-2012
Arizona bill targets Internet trolls
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 1:26pm

That endless banter by anonymous commenters on your favorite Internet forum could soon be downright criminal if Arizona's lawmakers have their way...

Arizona House Bill 2549, which states that it is unlawful for anyone to post messages "with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend," passed both the House and Senate in nearly unanimous votes last week. The bill is reportedly being tinkered with by legislators before being passed to Gov. Jan Brewer.

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Color me confused... I totally get that there are individuals out there who get some kind of thrill by causing commotion in communities, but this...

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 1:31pm
Annoy? Really? And offend? I think that's a bit drastic. Besides, how in the world can that be policed? Just because I post something that offends or annoys you, doesn't mean I intended it to. Sigh.
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 8:52pm

Hard to see how the bill could work.


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Registered: 04-07-2002
Wed, 04-04-2012 - 9:07pm
I agree with jabberwocka....but I kind of wonder if it's not based on stopping bullying. I don't see how they can enforce that. I would think current harrasment laws could just be tweaked.


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Registered: 03-18-2000
Thu, 04-05-2012 - 9:56am
"the webmasters and moderators of the venues in which they post should be capable of making sure that trolls get short shrift"

Exactly. Too it's a matter of perception. A post I've posted, on the very board, was misconstrued by a sensitive soul as being inappropriate. This person took it the wrong way.