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Twitter on death, rape threats directed at EA's COO because of FIFA - "Not against the rules"

Peter Moore, the chief operations officer at EA, has been the victim of death and rape threats directed towards both him and his family stemming from customer dissatisfaction with the company's FIFA franchise.

In a level-headed response to the situation, Moore promptly reported the abuse and online harassment to Twitter.

However, upon investigation of Moore's report regarding online death/rape threats toward him and his family, the social networking site stated that it was unable to take any further action due to the fact that the tweets in question didn't violate Twitter's rules.

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Starbucks_Fan2481d ago

It's sad how rude people are on the social media now.

DesertFoxJr2481d ago

Internet anonymity brings out the worst in people.

radler2481d ago

I agree. There's no reason I can think of why anybody would be upset/angry with EA and by extension, Peter Moore.

Ahem.

mkis0072481d ago

This type of thing coupled with groups like lizard squad only hasten the day the internet becomes regulated.

DesertFoxJr2481d ago

This is why we can't have nice things.

Godz Kastro2481d ago

I try not to read comments on certain sites. N4g has a lot of fanboys but for the most part is pretty peaceful.

Man, I read some you tube comments the other day and Geeze Louise... My soul hurt for humanity :(

BiggerBoss2481d ago

Youtube comments are some of the worst, even on non gaming related videos. People are just mean af nowadays

DesertFoxJr2481d ago (Edited 2481d ago )

^Like Godz said, after browsing some YouTube videos, I just feel sad for humanity after reading some of the comments.

SegaGamer2480d ago

Youtube, it's the home for the idiots. It's almost impossible to have a normal discussion on it.

CaptainObvious8782481d ago

I'm surprised the article didn't blame gamergate. Complete lack of evidence hasn't stopped anyone before.

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GokuSolosAll2481d ago

Good. It's freedom of speech, like it or not. Good for Twitter. I never report trolls online, it's flimsy, weak, pathetic and detestable. Nobody forces you to have a Twitter account. Don't like it? GTFO.

Godz Kastro2481d ago

@Goku,

Sooo death threats to someones little kids are ok in your book? Please answer no, for the love of God...please

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gangsta_red2480d ago (Edited 2480d ago )

@Rare

"if their made online in an obviously nerd/keyboard warrior sarcastic immature troll way then sure, why the hell not?"

I weep for mankind...

Nothing about that statement should have even made it in your comment.

Free speech does not include making rape comments or worse THREATS against anyone and ESPECIALLY someone's children. That is NOT freedom of speech.

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Christopher2481d ago (Edited 2481d ago )

It's a private Web site, actually. Freedom of speech has no bearing. All that does is the rules that they set on what you can and can't do.

Twitter has decided to not limit what you can say to others as much as other sites. That is all. It's still not freedom of speech. They can still moderate and ban accounts for pretty much any reason they want.

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Baka-akaB2481d ago (Edited 2481d ago )

uhhh except that's not how free speech works .

Free speech protection , does not extend to private homes or businesses . You may have the right to say what you like in a public forum, but you don’t have the right to enter a private home or business and do that. In such situations your right to free speech is subject to the discretion of the owner of that private forum.

And you've got what's called Contract Law . With some limitations it’s perfectly legal for a contract to limit the right of free speech. This is because you have the ability to enter into a contract that restricts your right to free speech.

It’s likely you’ve entered into many contracts over the years that restrict your right to free speech. For example, if you ever sign up for an online service and agreed to their Terms of Service, they usually define pretty clearly what restrictions you’re agreeing to.

And well such disclaimers are fairly easy to add and enforce on privately owned forums . While it may seem that you’re entitled to free speech just the same as you would in a public forum, in actuality you waived that right when you joined the service. That was a condition of your registration.

To be fair , such limitations would not usually be enforced except in extremes cases , but it's still there ready and active if needed

Christopher2480d ago

***if I walk into any private establishment, let's say burger king, all of a sudden my constitutional rights are suspended in favour of corporate policy? ***

They can be at the whim of the business owner. You are on private property owned by the established business.

They can ask you to leave at any time due to what you say or do that is otherwise not against the law. For example, they can't deny you service because you are gay or of a specific race, but they can deny you service for making out in public, saying something offensive, or the like.

***I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure federal and constitutional laws trump corporate policy's in a court of law***

Then you should brush up on your law as it relates to Freedom of Speech. Specifically that part that the law is there to protect citizens from being silenced by the government and does not apply to privately owned venues.

***there isn't a child online that hasn't threatened to gang rape or come to your house to do any number of things to you***

Yeah, no to that. Generalizing the concept that "every kid does it" is not only wrong but not an argument in favor of any such attacks from anyone.

***yet were going ignore the fact that they learn this behaviour through media like games/movies and maybe the influence of hard core porn or even the now millions of extremely dysfunctional families?***

I don't know what you're talking about now...

***and instead try to police these mostly preteens/teens? that's ridiculous.. ***

So, you're saying I shouldn't moderate at all?

***Jimmy should be arrested or banned from online?***

Arrested, no. Banned? That's up to the business that runs the online service he is utilizing. On N4G, such a person would be at the least restricted for doing it. On other sites, it's different or the same.

***or should we go after the kid that learns this behaviour from a game like this and dishes it out to someone else online? ***

Why is a kid playing an M-Rated game?

freshslicepizza2480d ago

burger king is a business, why would you risk losing business in order to protect someone's right to say and do what they want? do you really want your customers subjected to threats?

can you imagine what this place would be without any moderators?

common sense doesn't really seem to be all that common.

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lizard812882481d ago

Doesn't FoS rights end, when you infringe on others' rights?...like life.

If I walked up to a random stranger and said I'm going to follow them home, rape their family and then kill them all, Or if I said I was going to assassinate the president of the US, that is ok? That would be a threat.I get the disconnect, via real life and internet, but yeah. To me, a threat is a threat and should be dealt with.

Besides, don't most sites have a ToS. Most of the sites I go to, you can't say you are going to rape another user or kill them. I wonder why twitter doesn't put that in their ToS?

Christopher2481d ago

Your rights to Freedom of Speech as soon as you access the Internet. Each Web page is a privately owned entity and can make their own rules on what is and isn't allowed as far as speech. You have no freedom on the Internet, only the semblance of it by sites that allow you to say what you want.

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OC_MurphysLaw2481d ago (Edited 2481d ago )

I don't care how bad a game is... it doesn't warrant threats like these toward anyone. #timetogrowup

edit: I do however agree that Twitter is a voluntary app that you are not forced to use therefore they are not responsible for policing/moderating comments on it. I would however hope they would cooperate with authorities in situations of actual crime being verified, etc... Lizard Squad comes to mind.

annoyedgamer2481d ago (Edited 2481d ago )

I applaud Twitter for keeping things open. Making threats is immature and solves nothing and until these kids grow up and relize it EA will continue to shaft gamers.

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