Cyberbullying is a growing concern for families. Children are being terrorized by classmates and peers, resulting in serious psychological stresses.
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Can you land in legal trouble over online gaming threats? Let’s talk about the issue for two minutes.
Can I Go To Jail Over Aggressive Smack Talk During Online Game play?
Law enforcement officials treat criminal threats like the Supreme Court treats the Constitution — seriously. Plus, FBI identity and tracking tools can smoke the average person from a digital foxhole fairly easily.
How much time could you catch, if caught? Bodily harm threats could fetch a five-year prison sentence; property damage, two years.
When Does Trash Talking Become An Actionable Threat?
The second someone implies, or outright threatens to abuse, rape, stalk, hit, or kill, the legal line has been crossed. Play it safe: keep your smack talk about the match.
Some people make good on their threats. If anybody starts polluting chats with creepy posts, pick up the phone and call your local precinct; they’ll hook you up with the nearest FBI contact, who will take the matter very seriously.
Unsolicited advice nugget: if you plan to go pro, there’s a worldwide audience to worry about. Past statements can — and often do — come back to haunt — especially in today’s digital thunder dome. Don’t let online gaming threats destroy your career.
Can you give me an example of someone who has been arrested for online gaming threats?
Authorities arrested a 28-year-old Heroes of the Storm player (who allegedly also runs a Facebook account called ‘tedbundyismygod1’) for littering the game’s chat — and his Facebook — with ultraviolence threats including:
“I will bomb the new york twin towers [sic]”
“You make me want to shoot up an elementary school;”
He also threatened to “rape and kill” children.
Other players reported the disturbing posts on July 7th; by July 12th, authorities had the alleged culprit in custody.
What should I do if someone threatens me, via chat, during a match?
The same rules apply to online gaming as they do airports: If you see something, say something!
Let’s be frank: unhinged people carry out threats. If somebody starts polluting chats with creepy posts, pick up the phone and call your local precinct; they’ll hook you up with the nearest FBI contact, who will take the matter very seriously.
Got An eSport Issue?
Quick question: Do you market or advertise on Chinese websites? Did you know a new Chinese online marketing law went into effect on September 1, 2016?
According to Eugene Low, a partner at the Hong Kong office of Hogan Lovells, the previous regulations were “a bit piecemeal” and not precisely defined. This law changes all that.
A Short List Of China’s Digital Promotion Rules
Here’s a snapshot of China’s online marketing laws (some are old, others new):
- Acts of “online marketing” include electronic advertising, promotional emails, paid search results, links, and embedded media “with the purpose of promoting goods or services.”
- All paid and native advertising must be conspicuously marked as such.
- The Chinese government reserves the right to“guard against false and misleading practices.”
- Online ads for prescription medication and tobacco are prohibited.
- Sellers need government approval to run digital ads for medical supplies, pesticides, vet meds, and other categories of health products.
- All paid advertising must be clearly marked in search results.
Additionally, the Chinese government expects businesses to hire new employees to fulfill online marketing requirements and monitoring.
The Roots Of China’s New Online Marketing Law
Earlier in the year, a man suffering from a rare type of cancer died after participating in a hospital drug study advertised on the search engine Baidu. His death stirred controversy, and many citizens “accused Baidu of taking money to promote less proven treatments.” Even the Communist Party’s main newspaper, People’s Daily, tossed some shade Baidu’s way by publishing an article entitled Commentary: Death of college student raises questions on Baidu’s ethics. Here’s an excerpt:
On account of the incident, search engines operating in China must now make sure SERP ad returns don’t exceed 30% of a page’s content.
Who Will Be Affected By China’s New Online Marketing Rules?
Are China’s new promotional laws going to disrupt the market? Probably not. Will they have AN impact? Sure. But a giant one? Unlikely.
China already enforces strict Internet regulations; this latest statute is simply the cherry-on-top — a finishing detail on the country’s longstanding conservative approach to mass media.
Will the online promotion standards impact profits? Maybe. Maybe not. This WSJ article explained:
Major Chinese Websites That Will Probably Be Affected By The New Online Marketing Laws
|Chinese Website||Revenue||Private or Public||Closest U.S. Equivalent (in focus, not valuation)|
|Baidu||$9.9 billion – Dec 2015||Public – BIDU|
|Alibaba||$15.1 billion – 2016||Public – BABA||Amazon|
|Sina Weibo||$482 million – 2011 (Entire Conglomerate)||Public – WB|
|58.com||$297.8 million – 2nd Quarter 2016||Public – WUBA||Craigslist|
|Sohu||$852 million – 2011||Public – SOHU||Mix of Google and Twitch|
|Tencent Weibo||$15.4 billion – 2015 (Entire Conglomerate)||Public – TCEHY|
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