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Cuff That Troll

We're all in trouble if they start jailing people for annoying someone ....

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Don't be an internet troll. You could be sent to jail!

 

Most people who have used the internet for any length of time is able to recognise an internet troll.

They're the people who delight in posting something inflammatory or outrageous with the intention of provoking a reaction. They often don't care if what they post is offensive or simply stupid, all they desire is to disrupt genuine conversations or upset innocent people.

It's pretty immature behaviour - but sadly, it's all too common.

An update to the US State of Arizona's telecommunications harrasment bill, however, could send a strong message to internet trolls that their behaviour is not going to be tolerated.

    "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."

By replacing references to the telephone to "any electronic or digital device", the bill is now covering any communication over the internet.

And as trolls *do* usually intend to annoy, harass or offend - it seems pretty clear-cut that they would be in hot water.

With hand on heart, can you honestly say that you have *never* annoyed or offended someone via the internet? If you can, you're a better person than me.

Naked Security seems to offend some people every single day - you should see the emails we get when we write about Mac malware for instance!

That's pretty worrying, even though none of us live in Arizona - as the offence is deemed to have taken place either at "the place where the communications originated or at the place where the communications were received."

If someone is found guilty under Arizona House Bill 2549, they could face a $2500 fine and up to six months in jail.

According to Gizmodo, if you've also used your computer to stalk someone your crime bumps up to a class three misdemeanor. That's even more serious, and could see you put away for a stonking 25 years in the clink.

The revised bill passed both of Arizona's legislative houses last week, and now awaits a stamp of approval from the state's governor.

Don't forget, if you're being harassed online - here's our advice on how to deal with an internet troll.

Just promise that you won't report this article as annoying to the Arizona authorities.

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(Oh don't you know)
that's the sound of the men
working on the chain gang
(Oh don't you know)
that's the sound of the men
working on the chain gang
      Sam Cooke, Chain Gang

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Does anything wise come out of Arizona?

 

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Ice tea? coolcheeky

 

Mendalla

 

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I can see where someone may have thought this was a good idea.  Cyber bullying, stalking, harrassment, etc. can be real problems.  This bill is way too broad though.  Hopefully the wording will be altered, it's unfortunate it made it as far as it has.

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oh save us from people who can't mind their own business and want to save us

 

and as for good things in arizona?

 

hmm

in Carefree AZ

 

Montezuma's Well, an ancient holy site where pregnant women would go and dream of names of their children and also home to a species FOUND NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH

 

 

the phoenix lights, total mainstream, widely reported UFO sighting

 

 

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Ted Danson was raised in Arizona.

 

Stevie Nicks and Emma Stone were born there.

 

"Superstar" Billy Graham might appeal to the wrestler in you.

 

For me, it is done because Kate Walsh was born there and she is goooooood

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Everybody gets the paraphrase right?

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Oh, you said "wise" not "good". I do not know if Kate is wise....

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revjohn wrote:

Everybody gets the paraphrase right?

 

Tim Wise?

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revjohn wrote:

Does anything wise come out of Arizona?

Careful there Big John, some might consider those fightin' words or ... possibly annoying.

 

It is a condundrum.  I've visited that state several times.  Fell in love with the geography, climate and the people.  I travelled all over it and met lots of people and not one of them struck me as loco enough to write such a bad law much less agree to it.

 

Although there was that guy standing on the corner in Winslow ...

 

Take it easy, take it easy
don't let the sound of your own
wheels make you crazy

    The Eagles, Take it Easy

 

 

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So, it seems to me that we need to recruit someone from Arizona to join this site!

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