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Arizona Wants to Outlaw Trolling by Banning 'Annoying' Comments
MAXIMUMPC ^ | 04/05/2012 at 6:30am | Paul Lilly

Posted on 04/05/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT by mamelukesabre

It doesn't take much for online comments to quickly get out of hand, and there are certain subjects that inevitably attract trolls ready to defend their stance or platform of choice. PC (Windows) versus Mac, AMD versus Intel, politics, religion, abortion, and other high octane subjects could all be fun to debate, but almost always quickly end up derailed by name calling and other Internet tough-guy nonsense. The solution? Most sites just drop the ban hammer if someone gets too far out of line, but the state of Arizona has written a bill that would essentially make it a crime to be a troll.

A bi-partisan bill would make it a criminal offense to post online comments that could be construed as "annoying" or "offensive," according to the Associated Press. Think about that for a second, and then go view your Facebook page or Twitter feed to see if any of your friends or family posted anything annoying.

Rep. Vic Williams defends the bill as a way to "protect people from one-on-one harassment." Supporters of the bill agree with Williams and are hoping for more favorable outcomes in court cases that involve digital stalking and harassment that have otherwise been dismissed in court because current laws lag behind advances in technology.

Needless to say, not everyone agrees.

"Speaking to annoy or offend is not a crime," David Horowitz, executive director of the Media Coalition, told AP.

Tucson Republican Rep. Tim Vogt said there will be updates to the bill to reflect certain concerns. He also points out that the bill isn't intended to stifle free speech, but as currently written, even talking smack about someone's sports team could land a commenter in hot water, if the bill were to pass.


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Ya think this is going to be used to target political speech?
1 posted on 04/05/2012 4:43:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

BTW, PC is better than MAC.


2 posted on 04/05/2012 4:44:02 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: mamelukesabre

I don’t know—but I find the whole thing annoying.............


3 posted on 04/05/2012 4:45:15 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: mamelukesabre

I don’t know but if I were in Arizona I’d be on a first name basis with Joe Arpio. LOL


4 posted on 04/05/2012 4:45:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mamelukesabre

Sounds quite unenforcable to me.


5 posted on 04/05/2012 4:46:06 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: mamelukesabre
"BTW, PC is better than MAC."

I think blue is better than green.
And I think rectangles are better that triangles.

6 posted on 04/05/2012 4:46:49 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: basil
I've posted on a MSM site run by a liberal reporter. He was fine with me posting there but some of the nutcase progressives there couldn't stand me. So who gets to define annoying? Shouldn't that be the sole right of the site owner?

Some legislators need to get a real job.

7 posted on 04/05/2012 4:47:29 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: OneWingedShark

Bet ya a dollar they use it against some poor unsuspecting schlob.


8 posted on 04/05/2012 4:48:03 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: mamelukesabre

What stupid idiots thought this was a good idea?

Thats right...I said it...come and get me....

ATTICA ATTICA ATTICA....

What a crock...


9 posted on 04/05/2012 4:48:48 PM PDT by Adder (Da bro has GOT to go!)
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To: mamelukesabre

If it means the end of annoying ‘news anchors’. Now we are talking sense.

Question: If you get paid to promote propaganda on the MSM - is it FREE SPEECH??


10 posted on 04/05/2012 4:49:02 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: mamelukesabre

This is insanity.

That is the kind of speech they were thinking of when they wrote the first amendment. It wasn’t meant to protect pornographers it was meant to protect dissent and opinions.


11 posted on 04/05/2012 4:49:04 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: StormEye

TROL!


12 posted on 04/05/2012 4:49:19 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: mamelukesabre

>Bet ya a dollar they use it against some poor unsuspecting schlob.

Aren’t most laws? Especially the really complicated/twisted ones?


13 posted on 04/05/2012 4:49:33 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: mamelukesabre

So this means that the Lib Troll Forum also known as “AZCentral.com,” formerly known as the liberal newsrag The Arizona Republic, will be shut down entirely as this law is enforced, correct? That forum consists of nothing but mindless Obama Drones piddling their twaddle all over it.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 4:49:33 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: GeronL

Your annoying comments like that one you just annoyed us with will soon put you in the slammer buddy boy.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 4:51:39 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: ponygirl

No.

That’s free speech. What you just said, though, is an annoying comment. Better watch yourself missy!


16 posted on 04/05/2012 4:53:19 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: ponygirl

Great point! AZCentral.com is where all of those with single digit I.Q.s hang out in Arizona. I’d be too embarrassed to post anything there.


17 posted on 04/05/2012 4:55:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The libs don't want to save da planit. If they did, they'd boycott BIG oil and petroleum products.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Awesome! Hope the bastards get jail time.


18 posted on 04/05/2012 5:00:14 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: mamelukesabre

Who decides who is annoying?


19 posted on 04/05/2012 5:01:33 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: mamelukesabre

We don’t arrest and prosecute them here on FR. Trolls are zot on sight.


20 posted on 04/05/2012 5:01:33 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: mamelukesabre
I find Mr. Williams bill to be annoying.

When does he go to jail?

21 posted on 04/05/2012 5:02:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: mamelukesabre

“A bi-partisan bill would make it a criminal offense to post online comments that could be construed as “annoying” or “offensive””.

I find this suggestion for such a bi-partisan bill to be both annoying and offensive.


22 posted on 04/05/2012 5:08:55 PM PDT by Enough is ENOUGH (The PC name for 'trashing our Constitution' is fundamental transformation.)
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To: sodpoodle
If it means the end of annoying ‘news anchors’. Now we are talking sense.
Question: If you get paid to promote propaganda on the MSM - is it FREE SPEECH??
Before the advent of broadcasting, the Associated Press acclimated America to the ridiculous conceit that someone claiming to be objective should be taken seriously.
Membership in the AP means you can never be attacked for tendentiousness by another journalist without being defended by the AP and its membership. So in that sense there isn’t free speech in journalism in any medium. The AP was found to be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act back in 1945, but back then the AP’s mission of transmitting the news while conserving communication bandwidth seemed to make it “too big to fail.” Now, of course, bandwidth is dirt cheap, so that mission is obsolete - and the idea that the newspapers are in their rights to openly collude against the public is on pretty shaky ground.

I eagerly look forward to the day when Associated Press journalism steps on the wrong toes and the AP and all its members get sued jointly and severally. I hope George Zimmerman will get wind of the idea, and take Big Journalism to the cleaners.

There is no such thing as free speech in broadcasting - in the sense that there is no way to license free speech, but all broadcasters are licensed. IMHO that is also a scandal.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 5:09:28 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: cripplecreek

Me too.


24 posted on 04/05/2012 5:10:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: mamelukesabre

This article makes me wanna troll Arizona websites.... can they enforce this on out of state residents?? lol


25 posted on 04/05/2012 5:25:17 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: mamelukesabre

26 posted on 04/05/2012 5:27:48 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

There is nothing in the Constitution that gives more free speech rights to the “press” than anyone else.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 5:28:31 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: mamelukesabre

In some states there are already cyber-bullying laws, which IMO place unconstitutional restrictions on speech.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 5:31:29 PM PDT by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: mamelukesabre
"A bi-partisan bill would make it a criminal offense to post online comments that could be construed as "annoying" or "offensive," according to the Associated Press."

Your calender may say 2012 but we are living 1984!

29 posted on 04/05/2012 5:32:07 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Rep. Vic Williams”.

Good grief, he’s a Republican! What the heck is wrong with him?


30 posted on 04/05/2012 5:36:01 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: mamelukesabre

If enacted, this would be a serious competitor for the law that was found unconstitutional in the shortest amount of time.


31 posted on 04/05/2012 5:38:33 PM PDT by Oceander (TINSTAAFL - Mother Nature Abhors a Free Lunch almost as much as She Abhors a Vacuum)
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To: Jim Robinson

Hmmmm, what if I find the word “zot” offensive?


32 posted on 04/05/2012 5:38:44 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: mamelukesabre

33 posted on 04/05/2012 5:39:34 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: GeronL

I know, me too.


34 posted on 04/05/2012 5:40:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: mamelukesabre

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

I QUESTION YOUR HERITAGE AND YOUR MOTHER’S FIDELITY AND YOUR GENERAL INTELLIGENCE.

Sorry, had to get one more in while it’s still legal.


35 posted on 04/05/2012 5:42:49 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: mamelukesabre
Billy Goat Gruff...

...the original slayer of trolls.

36 posted on 04/05/2012 5:47:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: samtheman

“Who decides who is annoying?”

Gnats?

Rats?

Bats?

That said,I find this bill annoying.


37 posted on 04/05/2012 5:49:59 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: sbMKE

hahahaha


38 posted on 04/05/2012 6:11:17 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: mamelukesabre

Seems to me the legislators behind this are an existential threat to freedom and need to resign immediately.


39 posted on 04/05/2012 6:24:02 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: dirtboy

These idiot legislators are annoying me. Ban them before they ban free speech.


40 posted on 04/05/2012 6:28:54 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: mamelukesabre

41 posted on 04/05/2012 6:42:49 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: mamelukesabre
Arizona going to Ban Trolling?

SEND IT TO THE MOON!

http://images.mylittlefacewhen.com/media/f/img/mlfw688_33754%20-%20animated%20celestia%20dexterous_hooves%20keyboard_pony%20parody%20Regular_Show%20the_power.gif

So Sayeth Princess Trollestia!

http://arch.413chan.net/1288859782062.jpg

42 posted on 04/05/2012 7:05:49 PM PDT by KC_Lion (I will NEVER vote for Romney, the GOP will go the way of the Whigs if they nominate him)
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To: sbMKE

Your mother was a hamster, and your father stank of elderberries.

I fart in your general direction.


43 posted on 04/05/2012 7:29:41 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: mamelukesabre
Arizona Wants to Outlaw 'Annoying' Comments

Everyone in Arizona should get out as fast as possible!

44 posted on 04/05/2012 7:31:00 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: mamelukesabre

Damn..., I’m going to prison for sure ....


45 posted on 04/05/2012 7:55:23 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: mamelukesabre

Damn..., I’m going to prison for sure ....


46 posted on 04/05/2012 7:55:42 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: mamelukesabre
A ridiculous law that isn't needed. Anyone knows that only communists and other leftists (Democrats) use Macs.
Real freedom loving Americans use Windows.
47 posted on 04/05/2012 7:59:47 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: mamelukesabre

Every election theres a proposition to increase the Az legislatures pay up from somewheres around 28K-

This year the NO vote will be a HELL NO vote!


48 posted on 04/05/2012 9:02:25 PM PDT by Old Flat Toad (Pima County, home of the single vehicle accident with 40 victims.)
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To: mamelukesabre

In the name of government efficiency they should just collect customer lists from all the ISPs and go door to door with arrest warrants.


49 posted on 04/05/2012 9:55:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Who uses Linux?


50 posted on 04/05/2012 9:57:40 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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