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Bill to fight Internet anonymity is withdrawn after lawmaker takes flak for proposal

Posted Feb 22, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An Illinois lawmaker who hoped to fight cyberbullying with a law that would reduce Internet anonymity has withdrawn his proposal.

State Sen. Ira Silverstein, a Chicago Democrat, says he took so much heat over the idea that he withdrew his bill, according to the Chicago Tribune blog Change of Subject. The Huffington Post noted the development, while the Daily Caller reported on the legislation, titled the Internet Posting Removal Act.

The bill would have required website administrators to remove anonymous comments, upon request, unless the anonymous poster agreed to attach his or her name to the post and to confirm the accuracy of identifying information.

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