John McCain’s War On Blogs
John McCain has made clear that he doesn’t like the blogosphere.
Now he has introduced legislation that would treat blogs like Internet service providers and hold them responsible for all activity in the comments sections and user profiles. Some highlights of the legislation:
– Commercial websites and personal blogs “would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000.”
– Internet service providers (ISPs) are already required to issue such reports, but under McCain’s legislation, bloggers with comment sections may face “even stiffer penalties” than ISPs.
— Social networking sites will be forced to take “effective measures” — such as deleting user profiles — to remove any website that is “associated” with a sex offender. Sites may include not only Facebook and MySpace, but also Amazon.com, which permits author profiles and personal lists, and blogs like DailyKos, which allows users to sign up for personal diaries.
Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that this proposal may be based more “on fear or political considerations rather than on the facts.” When he introduced his legislation to the Senate, McCain offered no evidence that children are being victimized by people who post comments on blogs.
McCain’s legislation could deal a serious blow to the blogosphere. Lacking resources to police their sites, many individual blogs may have to shut down open discussion.
Unless it gets enforced weird, I don’t see that as much of a big deal, or even much of a change. I.E. threats are not allowed on here. If someone were to post up WTB: Heroin, that wouldn’t fly would it?
i would like to know what the WHOLE legislation says. if it can be applied to ANYTHING illegal then were fucked
drugs (pot / underage drinking / underage smoking)
theres alot of illegal things that get talked about online … but its simply a matter that noone cares enough to make a big deal out of it
this is BS legislation, it would be impossible to enforce, and could lead to more stupid lawsuits too. some lil girl who gets babysat by the comper gets molested, and the parents sue myspace for making it happen, when in all reality maybe the parents should have tried their hand at parenting