Anonymous Internet Harassment Federal Crime

Are you aware that it is a federal crime to harass someone on the internet and not reveal your true identity?

“In 2006, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.” Under federal law when you annoy someone on the Internet, you must disclose your identity.

It states

“Whoever…utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in part, by the Internet… without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person…who receives the communications…shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Some argue that the law prevents freedom of speech. I don’t think it does and obviously the law doesn’t either.

Someone should not be able to use the internet to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass, someone anonymously and according to the law, they cannot.

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