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Illinois State Sen. Ira Silverstein Wants to Ban Anonymous Comments from Internet

Illinois State Sen. Ira Silverstein recently introduced a bill, 'Internet Posting Removal Act,' that would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their real names.

According to, the bill states: “Web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”

However, the web watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) stated on its website that the “right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page. Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the mayor’s office before going door-to-door."

The bill is part of a trend of lawmakers seeking to censor anonymous online speech.

The New York State Assembly tried to pass a similar bill in May 2012 and Arizona lawmakers tried to ban Internet trolling  in April 2012.



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