Following the news of a proposal to ban anonymous internet comments in New York, the Internet Protection Act's main sponsor is pushing back by alleging critics have "mischaracterized" the proposal's intentions.
Assemblyman Dean Murray said, "Unfortunately, some opponents of this legislation have mischaracterized this bill in an attempt to have it withdrawn. It has been stated that this legislation would ban all anonymous internet postings in New York. That could not be further from the truth."
Murray further clarified and said the ban "would only apply to factual concerns, not opinions."
The Internet Protection Act was set forth on Monday and aims to require website administrators including blogs and message boards to "remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post."
Almost immediately, the proposal was met with a tidal wave of backlash via of course, the Internet, with opponents saying the bill threatens rights secured in the First Amendment.
Murray was once the target of mean cyber-bullies during his re-election campaign in 2010 when an anonymous source alleged Murray had committed acts of violence towards his ex-wife.
In January, the Internet industry was threatened by two controversial anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, sparking rallies and internet blackouts to stop the proposed legislation.
Critics of SOPA and PIPA said the bills would "irrevocably damage the very nature of the internet and by extension."
See below to see the sites who participated in protesting SOPA and PIPA: