Internet Flaming May Become Illegal

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kyeana

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[citation][nom]norbs[/nom]Oh no, what will the MS fanboys do when OSX news comes up??![/citation]

....what in the world are you talking about...
 

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We will continue to do what we always do, call the apple fanbois what they really are....Dumbasses. It says flaming, no where in there does it say its wrong to tell the truth. If you buy apple you simply have more money than brains.
 

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I don't think they're talking about Windows vs. OSX or PS3 vs/ XBox 360 flamewars.

It sounds like they are talking about things like spreading viscious and untrue rumors (libel when written), or threats and anything else like that (harrassment, abuse, etc...).

As a quote from the article already says:

"In the rare event that a cyberbullying incident rises to a level warranting criminal intervention, we already have existing laws which can be utilized (stalking, criminal harassment, felonious assault, etc.)."

Just seems like a pointless law that will only be misused to turn a misdemeanor or civil matter into a felony conviction.
 

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This is just dumb. In real life, this kind of thing might be a problem, as a person who might be harrassing you could be at school or in the workplace - in other words, unavoidable. However, on the internet (and especially on places like myspace/facebook) you can block communication from people you don't want to hear from. You have the choice to read those comments. You have the choice for that person to even be able to find you. In real life, you can't just make someone stop by saying "I'm blocking you!" (in fact, that might just make them do it more...)
When will the governments tackle real problems, and stop making up legislation for the stupidity of some people?
 

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[citation][nom]norbs[/nom]Oh no, what will the MS fanboys do when OSX news comes up??![/citation]
Stating facts is now considered illegal?
 

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Incredibly pointless, if someone on the internet tells you to kill yourself and you do it you probably had some serious prior mental issues.

Cyberbullying has one easy foolproof prevention strategy: unplugging your computer. Had Megan Meier or her parents came up with this idea then the "Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act" would have never existed.
 

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Sanchez says that is exactly what is happening on the Internet, only that the harassment is more painful and more abusive because of the "faceless anonymity" the Internet offers
LMAO, is this person high or just ignorant?

It is less painful and obviously so to be flamed on the net. You can simply ignore the person and it is easy because, YOU DON'T KNOW THEM!

Think about it, if someone yelled "Fu** you!" to you from across the street do you cry or throw a fit? No you yell "Fu** you!" back and go about your business.
This pretty much the same on the net.

Now if someone in your own household or school yard repeatedly harassed or defamed you it would be much different.
 
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She probably just didn't want anyone commenting on her cleanliness level anymore.
 

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ACID TEST TIME!

First test:
Is it a felony to say these flames in real life to a person? Also, is it a felony to bully someone? If you answer yes, then this is a reasonable law.

Second test:
Do laws already exist that cover these acts? If no, then this is a needed law.

My understanding is we already have a set of laws that cover making threats against another person, both verbally and written, and so this law is redundant. Additionally, it sounds like they wish to make the law much more stern than existing laws, and thus it is unreasonable.
 

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This is just one more method for someone to file a lawsuit and collect money for "damages". If this is passed, you can bet there will be some people that get robbed of their money because someone claims a post caused them to consider suicide.

People either need to learn to stand up for themselves or they need to not put themselves in a position where they could receive cyber-criticism/flaming. If you can't handle yourself in either case, you really have no business posting on the world wide web where anyone can take a crack at you.

Finally people need to stop blaming others for their own problems. BTW, I am not one to flame on forums, but i am quick to criticize (constructively most of the time) when i see something i feel is incorrect.
 

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