Thursday, July 23, 2020
KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN TKC COMMENTS WITH DOXXING ORDINANCE & ATTEMPT TO PLAY INTERNETS POLICE!!!
So, the Mayor and his team just proved how much they don't know about the laws that govern the Internets today . . .
KMBC: Mayor Quinton Lucas introduces ordinance that criminalizes ‘doxing’ of law enforcement officers
Actually, this applies to all public servants and it's actually an admirable cover story . . .
Click to see a copy of preliminary ordinance language that'll be rewritten . . .
Here's what the Mayor and his noob lawyer friends forgot . . . U.S. law:
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
"Section 230 says that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider" (47 U.S.C. § 230). In other words, online intermediaries that host or republish speech are protected against a range of laws that might otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do. The protected intermediaries include not only regular Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but also a range of "interactive computer service providers," including basically any online service that publishes third-party content. Though there are important exceptions for certain criminal and intellectual property-based claims, CDA 230 creates a broad protection that has allowed innovation and free speech online to flourish. "
The bright side here . . .
TKC can always turn comments off or set stricter moderation . . . That's NO FUN and probably infringes on free speech but it's always a possibility. There are few forums in KC that keep their comments open and then sweep up the most nasty stuff later.
Truth is . . . TKC has always worked to eliminate "doxxing" because it's lame, risky and doesn't make me laugh. When we notice anything close to this scumbag practice we delete immediately or by request if we miss it among the thousands of comments that come in every day.
But let's not underestimate the power of desperate politicos who could use this law nefariously.
We once posted about a campaign party with a PUBLIC invite . . . The party was at the house of a politico and she CLAIMED that we were trying to "doxx" her despite her party plans she posted across the Internets.
Another crybaby consultant stupidly posted his personal phone number on campaign material and then blamed TKC readers for "harassment" after we posted the mailer that he already sent out to THOUSANDS of people.
And so . . . The word "doxxing" is more of a pop culture term than a legal description.
What's more troubling is Mayor Lucas attempting to police the Internets when there are more pressing issues confronting Kansas City streets.
Developing . . .