Meet the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois Bill That’ll Make Your Head Spin

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State lawmakers all across the country busy at work crafting ridiculous, head-spinning laws can take the day off. There is no way they can top this.

A new bill proposed in the Illinois State Senate looks to completely wipe out any form of anonymity on the internet by requiring that the operators of basically any website on the entire internet take down any comment that isn’t attached to an IP, address, and real name-verified poster.

It’s called the Internet Posting Removal Act and was introduced on February 13th by Illinois General Assembly veteran Ira I. Silverstein [D].

Here’s the summary of the bill:

Creates the Internet Posting Removal Act. Provides that a web site administrator shall, upon request, remove any posted comments posted 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. Effective 90 days after becoming law.

Not wanting to leave any bases uncovered, Silverstein includes that an “Anonymous Poster” means “any individual who posts a message on a web site including social networks, blogs, forums, message boards, or any other discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.”

Silverstein also proposes that “all web site administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address posted for such removal requests clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted.”

Beyond the obvious questions about self-verification of IP addresses (?) and home addresses (what?), the logistics of this thing are mind-boggling at best. Any comment on any site that has commenting? And we haven’t even talked about the constitutionality angle.

When people who have no idea how the internet actually works start drafting laws, this is what happens. This isn’t the first, nor the last bill of this type that will hit state legislatures. More than likely, this bill will never make it out of committee (it’s been referred to assignments). But the simple knowledge that this kind of thing could even exist is enough to make you need a drink.

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  • OldGuy

    LMAO – so much for ncjoe and all the shit he spews on these and other forums.

    I am surprised this has taken so long. The technology has been available for almost a decade. I guess with all the control measures the tyrants are trying to put in place the time for this is exactly now. I am willing to be as “open and transparent” as our POTUS is willing to be.

  • Smarty

    Well said OldGuy! But the bottom line here is that these fuckers are going to stop at nothing to get a war going, and they’re running full throttle now. It used to be that they chisled our freedoms away a year or two at a time. Now the assaults are daily, and purposely obvious.

  • americuh

    Another idiot legislator, though perhaps not as ignorant as the Georgia Congressman who thought Guam would capsize if a few thousand Marines landed on the island.

    • morris adams

      OMG! I REMEMBER THAT! thats what we’re up against. a friend of mine once told me, u can’t argue with ignorance. an idiot doesn’t know he’s an idiot. why the fuk didnt someone say to him, ”what did you just say??? are you serious? are you that stupid?– why don’t doesn’t didn’t someone call these assclowns out? god! it infuriates me to no end!

  • JenB

    How on earth would this even be implemented? How would they handle a Illinois resident posting on Utah website that is hosted in Florida? This is beyond insane. Who can request the deletion? Can a Tennesee resident request that a comment be removed from a Illinois Bloggers site that is hosted in AZ?

    I guess this just proves that the politicians do not want any disenting opinions from the citizens of this country.

  • Michael

    Times running out for them and for us. We are at the hundred year mark for the Ferderal Reserve and Internal Revenue service. My guess is that it is past the deadline the evil do-gooders had set to totally enslave us and now it’s crunch time.

    • morris adams

      who’s gonna blink first?? i really don’t care i just hope someone does while i still got some fight in me, AND i’m bout to run outta places to put my poptarts and beanyweenys!! need to get started eatin that shit we been hordin!

  • Lowtolerance

    I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

  • Joe Berry

    Anything i post i will say it to their face they ain’t no bear

  • lynda cherry

    Lets stop these power hungry blowhards from taking our consttutional rights away.I’ve found that what seems to be good for us doesn’t seem to apply to anyone of these people who are trying to run our great country into the ground!

  • morris adams

    boy, for us to have free speech, they sure are interested in knowing who’s using it!! and yes, morris is my reel name! weenkweenk

  • Silverstein?

  • None of Your GD Business

    I would be happy to put up my complete information in an effort to tell Ira he can come to Florida and Kiss My ASS!!

  • I think this is so riciculous!

    Surely our politicians can think of a better way to use our tax money!

    • Anonymous

      It’s all over for me.

  • Terry_s

    Silverstein?? Sounds joooish to me!! I wonder.

  • Anonymous…

    … drinking heavily, now!

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