Doxxing Dissent

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“California lawmaker Steve Padilla is apparently indifferent to the speech-enabling virtues of anonymity. The state senator (18th District) has no problem violating the First Amendment rights of persons who conceal their identity the better to speak out. Padilla is proposing legislation, SB1228, to compel social media companies to compel social media ‘influencers’ who’d rather remain anonymous to identify themselves. A company that fails to comply would risk being penalized. And I hear it often: why anonymity? Folks should own up to their speech! But many people have good reasons for remaining anonymous when they publish their views. One is to protect themselves from harassment by private parties. Another is to protect themselves from harassment, or worse, by governments.” (06/10/24)