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Arizona bill could criminalize Internet trolling

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/04/03 20:34:28

Arizona marches to the beat of its own drummer. But if that drummer gets upset and starts hollering on the Internet, he might get tossed in the clink.

After spending years targeting illegal aliens, the Grand Canyon State is turning its sights on obnoxious Internet users (commonly called 'trolls'). A new update to the state's telecommunications harassment bill could make the practice of harassing people online illegal.

Arizona House Bill 2549 has already passed both of the state's legislative bodies and is currently sitting on the desk of Governor Jan Brewer. While there's a lot in there that doesn't concern trolling, here's the line that has people worried:

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  • Bibliophilic 2012/04/04 04:43:50
    Bibliophilic
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    Anonymous will want a word with Arizona's lulz killers.
  • john.b.... Bibliop... 2012/07/31 04:49:48
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    Anonymous is a criminal organization. Being a LULZ killer is a constitutionally protected right
  • Bibliop... john.b.... 2012/07/31 08:23:47
    Bibliophilic
    Anonymous is not necessarily a criminal organization, but it does contain members that commit crimes.
  • ☆Snapefangirl☆ 2012/04/04 02:03:14
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    Arizona is going to be known as the state that keeps coming up with weird laws if they keep this up.
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/04/04 00:58:43
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    People complain and complain about this trolls, and other obscene stuff on the net(and what to do about it), so there. Now I guess people will complain about not seeing trolls and obscene stuff anymore.
  • DREGstudios 2012/04/04 00:15:19
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    Internet decency laws are solutions looking for problems and a gross violation of Freedom of Speech. These statutes have absolutely NO affect on cyber-bullying and only serve to be a lightning-rod for the ACLU and other watchdog groups, wasting taxpayers’ time and money to no avail. A similar law was passed just last summer here in Tennessee, which I responded to with a “potentially offensive” portrait of our Governor Bill Haslam and his First Lady to bring attention to the issue on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspo... To date, not a single charge has been filed enforcing this frivolous and dangerous law including myself.
  • Vitalani 2012/04/03 23:06:52
  • David William 2012/04/03 22:06:04
    David William
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    Waste of time, but wouldn't arresting someone for trolling be a form of trolling itself? It would be funny to see some of these dicks get butt raped though.
  • kcandi 2012/04/03 21:19:50
    kcandi
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    Really??

    Your taxes are working hard for you....
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/04/03 21:04:53
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
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    Well I'm glad that they are willing to kill the first amendment. But the one problem I see with it is that the bulk of internet trolls Love Republicans.
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/04/03 21:00:50
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    +4
    but it's not the internet without trolls!
  • The Eli... Siniste... 2012/04/03 21:03:25
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
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    Seriously, It would be so boring without them.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/04/03 20:51:23
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    Who defines what is considered harassing and is the wording vague or clear cut?

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