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Censor loophole for online games

Online games should be subject to the same scrutiny as video games and films, chief censor Bill Hastings says. Under current law, only video games considered to have restricted content need to be submitted to the Office of Film and Literature Classification for scrutiny. This was an anomaly that needed to be rectified, Mr Hastings said.

"The law hasn't managed to keep up with technology, so it's a loophole that has been created by the law not being able to keep up." In a briefing to Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth, Mr Hastings said any computer game that had received a rating equivalent to a G, PG and M in Australia or Britain, and had no restricted content, was exempt from New Zealand labelling requirements.

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