Forget the bill
Apr 04, 2017 | 16468 views | 0 0 comments | 996 996 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

It's apparent that Assemblyman David Weprin and State Senator Tony Avella have crossed the line with their Orwellian-sounding “Right to be Forgotten” bill.

The bill would require people to remove “inaccurate, irrelevant, inadequate, or excessive” statements online about others if they request it.

According to Eugene Volokh of The Washington Post, the bill "aims to censor what people say, under a broad, vague test based on what the government thinks the public should or shouldn't be discussing. It is clearly unconstitutional under current First Amendment law."

There is no law that can grant us a “right” to be forgotten. Under this bill, newspapers, scholarly works, online booksellers and Wikipedia can be censored and history re-written if it is judged by the government to be “no longer material to current public debate or discourse.”

My question to Weprin and Avella, is why they have gone to such great lengths wasting our tax dollars to stealthily draft legislation that undermines our First Amendment rights without public consent?

What are the particular examples and reasons that make it so important to write a bill that tramples the U.S. Constitution?


Phil Orenstein

Queens Village
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