AZ HB 2549: Outlawing Internet Trolling (Except it wont)

Arizona Looks to Outlaw Internet Trolling | Techland |

It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.

While I applaud the State’s efforts to update existing laws to ensure new technological means are not used to skirt anti-harassment and intimidation protections, this law will likely not hold up in court because the terms “annoy or offend” were made into “criminal” offenses. Such vague terminology could be used to suppress 1st Amendment rights in Arizona by those who become “annoyed” or “offended” by something someone writes on the Internet. Every day people are “offended” and “annoyed” by the most innocuous of things. That doesn’t mean it’s criminal to say or write them, especially when they are of a non-threatening nature.

Who decides what is “offensive” and there for criminal? I find the derogatory comments about Arizona from progressives, pro-illegal alien supporters and extremist groups like La Raza to harm Arizona businesses via boycotts offensive; so is that a criminal offense? Does that justify 25 years of incarceration? Of course not. And then there is the whole “profane language” part, which the SCOTUS ruled long ago as protected speech, regardless of the level of offense.

A well intentioned law but ultimately one that has been subverted by those desiring to quash free expression in this nation.


Anonymous: Preserving free speech? Hardly.

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Some Anonymous activists call the attacks part of a new “Info-War” aimed at preserving free speech on the Internet.

Regardless of your opinion on Assange or WikiLeaks it has become patently obvious these script-kiddies (calling them hackers is an insult to genuine hackers) are too stupid to realize their actions are leading directly to the destruction of free speech on the internet in several ways. The most first, and most obvious, is their actions will prompt governments to increase regulations and laws over internet activity especially the free dissemination of information in the name of national security and internet usage stability. The second, organizations that make the internet operate ranging from ICAAN to ISPs to website hosts will want to start overly regulating content to protect themselves from government prosecution. Thirdly, businesses that keep the internet running may demand greater control of what is available on the internet to protect their businesses. Naturally, governments will go along with businesses in such a venture to ensure control for themselves.

So bravo to these morons. You’re destroying the very thing you claim to be protecting, “free speech”, with your delusions that you’re actually accomplishing anything to help your cause. Apparently “free speech” to these idiots means they can say and do whatever they want and every one else can not. Sadly, like spoiled children, they don’t even realize they’ve willingly sold out their own cause to the corporations and politicians by taking such destructive actions.

Well done. </sarcasm>