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Police State USSA: Michigan Outlaws Online Free Speech, Violators Face 20 Years in Prison Reader 12/31/2018 (Mon) 14:16:30 Id: b7e60d [Preview] No. 13513
Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has signed a bill into law that makes online trolling illegal, punishable by a 20 year prison sentence.

Michigan’s Public Act 457, defines trolling as posting a message or statement on social media with the intent to mislead, damage, intimidate, frighten or harass a person to cause emotional distress – or in other words anything deemed ‘offensive’ by another person.

Fox13now.com reports: https://archive.fo/53IGR

Under the new law, if a person who cyberbullies someone causes the victim to suffer from an assault or battery by the bully or by any other person, the bully can be charged with a misdemeanor and imprisoned for up to a year and fined $1,000.

The law stated that if a cyberbully causes the death of a victim, regardless of whether the bully physically caused the death, they could be charged with a felony and face up to 20 years in prison.

The act was set to go into effect 90 days after Snyder signed it into law.

https://archive.fo/7GwY0
https://newspunch.com/michigan-outlaws-online-trolling-20-years-prison/


Reader 12/31/2018 (Mon) 18:29:46 Id: 4bbd21 [Preview] No.13524 del
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This isn't exactly all online trolling, just a severe penalty for bullying people to the point of suicide. What's fucked up is that they don't blame parents for raising their kids on these social media platforms.


Reader 12/31/2018 (Mon) 20:03:24 Id: dae220 [Preview] No.13525 del
>>13524
Well as long as it not used to police free speech which I'm afraid is what will happen. If your telling someone to commit suicide (actually trying to get that person killed) that is very questionable whether it fits de-facto "free speech", otherwise I could see some SJWs calling the cops because some anon disagrees with/triggers them over a social media platform (which would constitute free speech). Either way, its best to take caution and maybe even obfuscate your IP address over this. Just to be on the safe side.


Reader 12/31/2018 (Mon) 20:23:48 Id: 4bbd21 [Preview] No.13526 del
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>>13525
>take caution and maybe even obfuscate your IP address over this
For those who live in Michigan, sure. I would be caught dead in that place. the "mistake" was intentional


Reader 12/31/2018 (Mon) 22:06:58 Id: 62541a [Preview] No.13527 del
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>>13513
Can't wait to see Snyder get railed for violating the 1st amendment.


Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 15:01:31 Id: 34381a [Preview] No.13529 del
>>13527
This law will likely be challenged in the courts if someone is arrested for free speech, as it should be challenged. Some claim its only enforced upon the death (likely suicide) from someone who was trolled, and in that rare case I can kinda see why they might want to arrest someone who played a part in that. But if this law is abused by authorities it should be repealed.


Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 20:50:48 Id: 111ac7 [Preview] No.13531 del
>>13513
we need to test it out to verify if this law is real or not


Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 22:10:01 Id: 4bbd21 [Preview] No.13532 del
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>>13531
Sure. You can be the one who moves to Michigan and cyberbully some sensitive snowflake, risking a 20 year prison sentence.


Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 22:44:32 Id: 111ac7 [Preview] No.13533 del
>>13532
hello fellow channers you should shoot up your school if you want to be cool


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 16:16:57 [Preview] No.13575 del
What an absolutely SHIT law

First of all, any "(cyber)bullying" law (if there should be any at all) should focus exclusively on protecting children (but really that's the parent's job anyways). This law applied to ANY PERSON.

Secondly, just by posting anonymously the content of your speech no longer has to be "false or misleading" AND "damaging to character" in addition to "causing emotional distress". It just has to cause emotional distress.

So being rude on the Internet is now criminal in Michigan.

This law is unenforceable. By this definition, everyone is a "cyberbully". Unenforceable = selective enforcement.


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 18:18:28 Id: 48ddc8 [Preview] No.13579 del
>>13532
The law would only be effective if you were living in Michigan, its really hard to enforce laws like this too. Consider how illegal piracy is, yet almost everyone still pirates, many simply using private VPN services to do it. Thats the great thing, online laws have been proven hard to enforce for standard law enforcement. ONLY when you get the "big boys" involved [FBI, DOJ, DHS, NSA, IRS, et al] will they dedicate enough time, workers and money to track you down and jail you. And thats typically for big crimes, like hacking into networks or a mass piracy operation that involves millions or billions in stolen copywrite material [pirate bay for example]. Even then, typically mirrors pop up later on and there's nothing they can really do to fully enforce the law.



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