What’s an internet “Troll”? Well, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. In other words, 90% of people who comment on Yahoo! and YouTube.
Arizona’s House Bill 2549 was recently introduced as an update to the state’s telephone harassment law. This new bill would have made it a crime to harass, offend or annoy others on the Internet via electronic devices like computers, tablets, and smartphones.
The following is a paragraph from H.B. 2549:
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. It is also unlawful to otherwise disturb by repeated anonymous electronic or digital communications the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person at the place where the communications were received.
But do the old geezers in the senate have any idea of the internet, it’s users or their power? I’m all game for a good comment thrashing but only if it is directly related to the topic and can be backed up by facts.