Arizona legislation will make cyberbullies, Internet trolls criminals

By Rick
Apr 3, 2012
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  1. Upon the Arizona governor's desk sits a revised house bill (pdf) which is ready to be signed into law. The changes in H.B 2549s aim to curb and even criminalize cyberbullying,…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,885   +640

    Wow, with the kind of comments found on techspot, they may as well make this website illigal already!
  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I see a blow to freedom of speach on this one. Some ppl can neither take a joke nor respond politely to online posts. This doesnt mean that they need 6 months in jail and a $250.000 fine. It just means their prudes thats all. Freedom of Speach is kinda nessasary for the internet to exist. If this bill goes throgh I see a Federal injunction against it happening almost immediatly since its general wording goes against the constitution.
  4. This is ridiculous. There go multiplayer online games cause there is so much trash talking there.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 853   +352

    The group "The Eagles" had a song about 20 years ago that sums it up...
    People just need to grow a pair and not be "so sensitive", but considering the helicopter
    nature that parents treat kids, it's not surprising.
  6. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 632   +163

    While bill leaves things way to vague and open to abuse I feel its a step in the right direction.

    I for one am sick and tired of youtube comments that go along the lines of "why don't you go suck a *****" etc.
    Trolls like that deserve punishment.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,885   +640

    You should also go to jail now after that comment...
  8. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    People making up and supporting stupid laws deserve punishment.

    Oops, guess I'm getting punished as well.
  9. This is good news that means no more Apple marketing campaign & fanboy trolls that spam the web everywhere you look at on comments sections whether you are on tech sites, Youtube, Facebook or Twitter there's all just a big bullshit Apple marketing campaign driven by Apple's marketing team and brainless fanboy zombies.

    Finally "Law meets stupids". lol
  10. Is it time for us to bring out our Guy Faulkes masks and march yet? Totalitarian control is coming guys!
  11. 2 words, CRY M0AR
  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Since our governor took office when janet joined the obama squad, she has done all sorts of none sense to get attention. The immigration bill, blocked medical mariuana that we voted in, tried to make arizona the first voting state, yelled at the president when he came here, now this I bet she votes it in just for the LuL(attention)
  13. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    I find any reference to demolition man entertaining...maybe you deserve a reward for entertaining comments and punishment for annoying ones?

    On the other hand how do you judge annoying? If somebody quoted a country music song I would probably be annoyed and might wish they were in jail but that doesn't mean they deserve it... It all seems kind of absurd. And who the hell is gonna police the Internet looking for trolls or annoying comments? I'm certainly not paying for people to do that.
  14. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93


    Now we all know that in order for them to afford to do any internet policing they will have to raise your taxes. I wonder if the Line item description will have something to the effect of: Trolls=$20.00
  15. SumthinSacred

    SumthinSacred TS Rookie

    They should make it illegal, but only punishable via a fine of at most 100$, for minors. It'd curb some of the attitudes of minors plus get some money into the government. If Xbox LIVE is any indication of poor character in minors, that could really help this country crawl out of this hole we've dug. It'd be massively controversial, but with minors what rights to they actually have at that point in their lives. Most haven't even had a government class if public education is any indication.
  16. Good luck with that, while I personally dislike trolls and so called cyber-bullies, but to enact such a law would directly conflict with the first amendment. You may not like what someone says, and it may even be a flat out lie or annoying, but it is their RIGHT to say it if they choose to do so.
  17. 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 To date, not a single charge has been filed enforcing this frivolous and dangerous law including myself.
  18. I'm wondering if "person" is defined to include any corporation? If so, this seems to be legislation that would essentially eliminate any criticism of companies or their products.
  19. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    I support this entirely. It's illegal to harass people in real life, it should be illegal online too.
  20. There's a law against illegal copying and file sharing, but it doesn't stop people. This won't make any difference for most people - but it should allow the Police to go after systematic bullying that leads to self-harm. Facebook is likely to feel this law more than comments on news sites. Let's see how Mr Zuckerberg handles this - should be entertaining.
  21. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    I gave myself a papercut over your comment. Enjoy your jail time.
  22. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Rookie Posts: 97   +18

    well if it's someone bashing on the same person again and again, I think he deserves a sentence. but if it's just an angry kid in a video game...
  23. Ladies/Gentlemen, the web by it's very nature may offend your delicate sensibilities - pull the plug now before something awfully horrid happens...

    What ever happened to "sticks and stones..."? So someone insults you on the web... so what? Why does someone calling someone else a name need to involve wasting taxpayers' money and lining the pockets of lawyers?

    Ok let's say you're being targeted by some loser with far too much time on their hand at a certain site - probably a social networking site - so report this to the sites owners/admins...

    So let's suppose your kid is on faecebook and getting insulted/trolled/stalked/"cyber bullied"/whatever... revelation: Your kid /should not/ be on faecebook. Take some responsibility instead of expecting the state to intervene for you. Block your kid from visiting that site - ban the IP address/domain, or maybe ban them from using the web without supervision...?

    If all else fails consider the following: It was /you/ who took the decision to publish your real identity on a pathetic "social networking" site visible to every other web user. Don't trust big corporations - trust common sense, i.e. keep your real identity and especially your children's real identities /off/ these sites.

  24. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    ^^^^What he said!
  25. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,161

    The problem with your comment is that such a logical sequence of reasoning only works in a society full of sensible adults. That species, however, is dying out and is being being rapid replaced by an adolescent-adult hybrid (body of a grown up, mind of a child). Parents regulating their children, kids being EXPECTED to /ignore/ pests & stand up to bullies, it's not acceptable anymore.

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