PUTTING THE NAME TO THE COMMENTS!
Kentucky Representative Tim Couch has filed a bill that displays the times we live in. His bill seeks to make anonymous posting online illegal. It would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site, and from then on their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted. To fail to do so would mean a fine. It is an interesting idea that seeks to deal with what he terms as "online bullying". While I am not sure about the bill, I do applaud the idea of anonymity being pierced in online postings.
I have written before about this, but it is worth revisiting. It is not fair or healthy for people to be able to hide while giving comments that often are insulting and damaging to someones character. People feel a false sense of bravado when they believe that no one will find out who they are. It would be a worthwhile venture to see what percentage of people would make the same postings if their true identity was known. If a person is not willing to put their name to a comment, then the comment should not be made.
Another reason to do away with anonymity on the web is to expose the predators who lay waiting to pounce on our young people. Too many children are fooled into believing they are talking to a peer when in fact it is some perverted adult who is seeking to lure them into some meeting. I am all for the light being shed on the darkness that is the Internet. Let's begin to hold people accountable for their statements and their actions. I am not sure this bill is the answer, but I applaud the motivation behind the bill!
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