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ACLU Wants To Challenge Cyberbullying Law

December 26, 2012 Comments off

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A raft of the law may be the first of its kind in the country, and the organization said it will seek plaintiffs for a possible court challenge to change it, contending it threatens to chill students’ free speech rights. The law threatens criminal penalties on students who use a computer with “the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee” by engaging in the same nasty online behavior that already makes it illegal to target a minor. Read Entire Post Here.

 

June 6, 2012 2 comments

The Associated Press
First Posted: May 14, 2012 @ 9:39p.m.
Last Updated: May 14, 2012 @ 9:40p.m.

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a new version of an anti-stalking bill that riled social media users when a previous version sought to make it a crime to annoy or offend someone online.

The legislation updates Arizona’s harassment and stalking laws to include smartphones and cyber communication.

A provision that free speech advocates said could lead to people being criminally charged for constitutionally protected comments online was dropped.

The bill now focuses on behavior intended to intimidate or threaten. It also states the law would not apply to constitutionally protected speech. Other changes include specifications that a threat be directed at a specific individual or group.

Supporters say the legislation helps victims whose cases have been dismissed in court because state law hadn’t keep up with technology changes.

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