Senator Tries to Ban Internet Commenters

Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein, who represents parts of Niles, Morton Grove and Skokie, introduced, then withdrew, a bill requiring websites to force anonymous commenters to reveal themselves on request, or get deleted.


On Feb. 13, Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein introduced a bill aimed at limiting comments posted online, especially those negative in nature.

His Internet Posting Removal Act would require administrators of websites, social media or Internet forums to remove postings from anonymous commenters upon request, unless those anonymous commenters posted their true names, home addresses and IP addresses.

The complete text of the bill can be found here

It does not provide any specifics as to who can request the removal of an anonymous posting.

The Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn reached Silverstein Thursday, and Silverstein told him he is pulling the bill, according to the Huffington Post.

Silverstein did not immediately return a phone call placed to him Monday.

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Wire Points February 27, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I like the comments here so much I've read them twice. So nice to see there are still folks out there who understand.
Jac Charlier February 28, 2013 at 01:33 AM
All in the family, only this is no comedy. An empire being built at the public's expense. We have others doing the same thing too, some of which have done it for 50, 70 even 100+ years.
Jennifer February 28, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Poor Fred!! You want to be an A+ member of the BBB. Do you care about the people you serve? I don't see where you are perfect? Don't you know that is the cost of doing business.I don't hide behind my computer and I am not sad or depressed but I do have this to ask; You didn't list the name of your business so I don't make the mistake of patronizing your business. I really wonder about people like you who look down their snoot at their customers. Time you grow up!!
Shawn February 28, 2013 at 02:33 PM
This guy needs to be put in a rubber room.
smallbizman March 01, 2013 at 02:27 PM
As a business owner i know of what you speak.You can't always please everyone and some people can't be pleased at all.But it is there right to speak out if they are not happy with the service or treatment.Sen Silverstein took an oath to uphold the constitution.But because somebody said something bad about him he's mad.Grow up you wimp.So here we are again if the Senator doesn't like it take everyone's right to free speech away.Senator time for you to retire.If someone slanders you,Get a lawyer and defend your rep.Fred, Our family business has been around 56yrs and let tell you sometimes it is better to just let it go.Some people are just to hard to please.You do your best and be fair.That's all you can do.


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