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April 4th, 2012, 01:23 PM
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Arizona bill could criminalize Internet trolling | Games Blog - Yahoo! Games
This is just ridiculous.
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April 4th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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I like that they're trying to address cyber-bullying and online stalkers, but this isn't the way to do it. I don't have the answer, but this isn't it. It''s way too broad and ridiculously unrealistic.
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April 4th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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Good concept but the execution of it is unlikely
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April 4th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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I agree with the bold, that its too broad.
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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.
Violators could be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and face up to 6 months in jail. If electronic devices are used to stalk someone, the charges then become a Class 3 felony, with penalties ranging from a minimum sentence of two and a half years in jail for non-dangerous offenders with no prior record to 25 years.
[Related: 'Bully' Director Slams MPAA for 'Great Hypocrisy']
At the heart of the bill is an anti-bullying agenda. Cyber-bullying has been on the rise in recent years and has been in the news lately. A 2010 report in The New York Times found that one of out five middle-school students said they had been victims of cyberbullying.
Despite its good intentions, the Arizona law is already being called "overly broad" by critics. By using vague terms like "annoy" and "offend," it could easily encompass Internet forums or even comments like the ones found at the end of this story.
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April 4th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Umm wow. I get the idea behind it. But it's too vague if you ask me. I think if it resulting in harming someone physically, then yeah make it a crime. But of someone got their feelers hurt, too bad so sad!
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April 4th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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Umm wow. I get the idea behind it. But it's too vague if you ask me. I think if it resulting in harming someone physically, then yeah make it a crime. But of someone got their feelers hurt, too bad so sad!
Yeah, I think if someone were physically hurt or conned out of a lot of $, I would support something like that. But to have hurt feelings or be embarrassed for getting duped by a story, not so much. Many of us have btdt and while its no fun, its too much of a slippery slope to make being a troll a crime.
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April 4th, 2012, 02:13 PM
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April 4th, 2012, 08:43 PM
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I was going to bring this here when I saw it at work today. You beat me to it!

This is absolutely, completely and utterly ridiculous. The wording "to annoy or offend" is a complete stomp on the right to free speech. I offend someone daily just by having an opinion, and voicing that opinion. But just because someone doesn't like what I have to say does not make it against the law for me to feel that way, and express my feelings.

The intent to cut down on cyber-bullying is a good thing, but this is going about it in a COMPLETELY wrong way.

And really, how would they enforce it? If someone in another state, or heck since it is the WORLD wide web, another country broke this "law"? Are they going to extradite the criminal who hurt someone's feelings? Reeeeediculous.
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April 14th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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Being conned out of money as a previous poster mentioned, then yes.

So this means ppl from this board could go to jail? Amazing.
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April 14th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Who from this board is likely go to go jail for trolling?
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April 14th, 2012, 12:44 PM
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Who from this board is likely go to go jail for trolling?
Maybe past me.
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