The New York Senate is debating a bill that requires web site administrators to remove anonymous Internet posts if the poster refuses to attach his or her legal name, IP address and home address to the post. Administrators must also publish a contact number or e-mail address through which other users can request the removal of anonymous posts.
Although framed as an anti-bullying measure, the bill, if passed, would likely shut down most online commenting features in New York. Critics cite the bill’s burdensome notice-and-take-down mechanism for web site administrators, as well as the personal risks to posters who must publish their home addresses.
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