Republican lawmakers in the NY State Assembly proposed legislation that would forbid anonymous comments on the internet. Their motivation was to reduce the malicious bullying on the internet that plagues young people today. Somehow, the lawyers among them didn’t realize that their legislation was unconstitutional and that the first amendment protects anonymous commentary.
Want to comment on the internet?
Here’s a rule you can’t forget:
Anonymous remarks are banned,
Your name is what they now demand.
To bullying they to put an end meant
But they forgot the first amendment.