Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on posting fight videos online -

Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on posting fight videos online

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( – An Illinois lawmaker wants to ban people from posting videos of fights on Facebook, saying they encourage violence.

Illinois State Representative Terri Bryant’s proposal comes after a fight at an O’Fallon, Ill. Wal Mart was caught on camera. Four adults were arrested. The video was later posted online.

Bryant believes the videos are so popular that people are starting fights just to post the videos online. Her bill would make it illegal in Illinois to post such videos online for entertainment purposes. “It appears that our culture is now saying it’s okay for individuals or groups of individuals to premeditate an assault on someone so it can be posted on social media,” said Bryant.

Bryant isn't the only one in favor of this bill. One woman says she is defending her mother who is one of the women in the video. "The video itself made me feel just I get so hurt," said Yvette Stennis. "I just see a girl pulling on my mom and my mom is on the ground." Both Stennis and her mother support the efforts to make it illegal to post fight videos.

The Illinois ACLU says the bill would violate the First Amendment.

“I think the law as drafted is overly broad and incredibly vague,” said Ed Yohnka with the Illinois ACLU.

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