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[–] Bateman616 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Maybe it's my tinfoil hat but I'd say Commonwealth countries have a very suspicious tendency to turn in to nanny states, I wonder why.

Fuck the Crown, seriously.

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[–] Queen-Elizabeth-II 6 points 15 points (+21|-6) ago 

kill yourself

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[–] Rubber 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Was going to get angry till i saw the name. Your Majesty, shall i kill this peasant for you?

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[–] bobroland [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You're really getting cranky in your old age. Then again, if my big eared, idiot man child of a son was always checking on my health, I would be in a bad mood as well.

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[–] Bateman616 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Come at me bro

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[–] Zardoz 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Nothing like the Old Queen Nanny of New York nannying people's sugary-drink intakes. LA is goind a sweet job of helping people quit smoking anywhere. But its terrible everywhere. NZ is lost.

'Bulling' now includes anything anyone doesn't like. Trolling is any opinions you disagree with now. It's going to be internet monitoring and regulation game-on for everyone in that Australian province from now on.

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[–] SwimmingInAFishbowl 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This. Australia is... Are they watching!?

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[–] Seemsl_Egit 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Harmful communications can include truthful as well as false information, [...]

Yes ofcourse. Posting the truth isn't a nice thing to do.

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[–] Say_What 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

You have been reported to the Ministry of Illusion for Breach of Harmony.

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[–] wmq 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What the heck. I thought New Zealand was one of the more liberal (socially and economically) countries. I could face prison for my Internet laughs if I lived in NZ.

Edit: I meant not the American definition of 'liberal', but rather the European one, classically liberal - very limited government and no (or very little) cultural conservatism or libertinism.

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[–] kurfu 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Laws like this are the epitome of modern leftist liberalism.

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[–] GentleCat 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

As a fellow goat said, they are confusing trolling with cyber bullying, wich I see completely ok to regulate.

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[–] bobroland [S] 0 points 31 points (+31|-0) ago 

So, this is probably a generational thing. I'm from a time when bullying was getting your ass kicked by other people. It was a rite of childhood, and how you dealt with it defined who you were as an adult. I'm not sure I would have been able to stand up for myself as an adult i not for the painful lessons learned behind the school yard.

Perhaps it's a better age that kids now worry more about people being mean to them with words. Society changes. Sometimes it's for the good, sometimes worse. Here's why, however, I don't see a role for the police when it comes to cyber bullying.

First, you need to learn how to deal with problems on your own. If your response is to go running to an authority figure, you'll grow up thinking that all solutions come authority. You rely upon the benevolence of a system to keep you safe from harm. Truth is, the only person a man can rely on is himself. Sometimes the world is tough and people are mean. Learning to stand in defiance against the universe is a valuable life skill.

Bigger issue, however, is that once you give the state the ability to regulate speech for a "good" reason, you can be sure as hell that down the road they'll use it for the wrong reasons. There's not a crime against humanity that hasn't had behind it good intentions.

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[–] markrod420 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago 

Lol or people could man the fuck up and get over it...

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[–] heili 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

How to handle cyber bullies in one step:

Turn the computer off.

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[–] Im_from_Fiji 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You must not know what liberal means. If you want a bigger government, you better get used to them telling you how to live your life. And yes, that includes online.

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[–] wmq 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You described the American (or English-speaking world) definition of liberalism. In continental Europe it still means classical liberalism - support for very limited government and modest, if any, cultural conservatism.

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[–] d3nmo 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

"doing harm by posting digital communication" is the description of the crime? Well, goodbye every website out there, there's always someone affronted by the most meaningless article.

I bet the feminists will have a field day in New Zealand...

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[–] danunit 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What the? You just PM'd me a really abusive message. I took a screenshot of it

Someone call the police plz. d3nmo keeps spamming me with hate messages. Proof is above. I won't settle for anything less than 2 years jail plz.

Edit: I kid I kid. But seriously, can someone fine d3nmo. My feelings are sore

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[–] d3nmo 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

ROFL, yeah, that's how easy it will become to harass someone, a Photoshopped pic is all it takes to start a witch hunt :-)

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[–] password-123 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Trolling & cyber-bullying aren't the same thing.

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[–] Psylent 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Another step toward sanitised internet. Instead of people learning about something and how to use it, they rather cull anything they don't like and dumb it down to their own level.

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[–] HyphenSam 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Cyber-bullying I understand, but trolling? The fuck, New Zealand?

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[–] Alpha_Machine 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Trolls eat sheep. It's very serious. Please stop mocking them. It's upsetting them.

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[–] tavi-kun 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I've always been confused by ridiculously overreaching anti-cyber bullying measures like this. Do current laws not cover this at all? Surely continuously posting insults, libel, and other offensive material for the express purpose of emotional harm already counts as some sort of criminal harassment...?

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