Senator Tries to Ban Internet Commenters
Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein, who represents parts of Niles, Morton Grove and Skokie, introduced, then withdrew, a bill requiring websites to force anonymous commenters to reveal themselves on request, or get deleted.
On Feb. 13, Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein introduced a bill aimed at limiting comments posted online, especially those negative in nature.
His Internet Posting Removal Act would require administrators of websites, social media or Internet forums to remove postings from anonymous commenters upon request, unless those anonymous commenters posted their true names, home addresses and IP addresses.
The complete text of the bill can be found here.
It does not provide any specifics as to who can request the removal of an anonymous posting.
Silverstein did not immediately return a phone call placed to him Monday.