Arizona Outlawing Trolls… on the Internet
The State of Arizona is considering legislation that would outlaw Internet trolling. Arizona House Bill 2549 would make it unlawful to use any electronic or digital device with the intent to “harass, annoy, or offend” another. A violation of the bill, which is intended to curb online bullying, would be a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail. The bill, according to Media Coalition, is far too broad as it uses undefined, vague terms such as ‘annoy’ and ‘offend,’ and would apply to “all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.” The bill has passed the house and senate and is now awaiting the approval of governor Jan Brewer.