John McCain’s War On Blogs

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George J Jones Jr
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John McCain’s War On Blogs

John McCain has made clear that he doesn’t like the blogosphere .

Now he has introduced legislation that would treat blogs like Internet service providers and hold them responsible for all activity in the comments sections and user profiles. Some highlights of the legislation:

– Commercial websites and personal blogs “would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000.”

– Internet service providers (ISPs) are already required to issue such reports, but under McCain’s legislation, bloggers with comment sections may face “even stiffer penalties” than ISPs.

— Social networking sites will be forced to take “effective measures” — such as deleting user profiles — to remove any website that is “associated” with a sex offender. Sites may include not only Facebook and MySpace, but also Amazon.com, which permits author profiles and personal lists, and blogs like DailyKos, which allows users to sign up for personal diaries.

Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that this proposal may be based more “on fear or political considerations rather than on the facts.” When he introduced his legislation to the Senate, McCain offered no evidence that children are being victimized by people who post comments on blogs.

McCain’s legislation could deal a serious blow to the blogosphere. Lacking resources to police their sites, many individual blogs may have to shut down open discussion.

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Re: John McCain’s War On Blogs

that guy is a dork! thats what we need some one in government telling us that he is saving us, but in the end just taking away from our rights, ya know? bummer! remind me to vote him out this election...lol

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Re: John McCain’s War On Blogs

Dude you cant vote for him, he is totally going to nuke vietnam if he gets elected.

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