Arizona Online Censorship Bill to Be Amended
A proposal in Arizona to make it a criminal offense to post words that someone could view as annoying or offensive on Facebook, Twitter or other online outlet for expression is now being held back for revision after numerous complaints that it was to broad.
The bill would update telephone harassment and stalking laws by adding the use of computers or smartphones. Supporters say the measure would help victims of online stalking and harassment while critics say it goes too far.
I posted a Facebook poll last week to hear what you thought, and here’s what some of you had to say:
- Dick Fletcher: some bible thumping people think a lot of things are offensive if it didn’t come out of their mouth. i believe in freedom of speach with a little dose of common sense.
- Darcy Ludeman: This is just plain wrong! Freedom of speech mean anything anymore?
- Bitsy Merchant: No one need to use bad language = freedom or not. We should try to class up not down!
- Brenda Miller: If offended by something on Facebook don’t participate or block content.
- Janet White: I’m thinking AZ will be making lots of cash off giving tickets for ‘annoying or offensive’ comments on FB!!!
- Ken Rowe: Just another move to take away all of our civil liberties. The horrible thing is, those that are pushing it, actually believe it’s ok to do this.