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New Zealand bans trolling in an attempt to stop cyber bullying

You know that urge you feel to comment negatively on digital media posts, well that’s called trolling and it’s now illegal in New Zealand.

 
 

In an attempt to curb cyber bullying, people found guilty of harmful digital communications in New Zealand can face up to two years in prison, depending on the severity of the transgression.

The Telegraph reports that the country has also taken a hard line against other forms of bullying, as someone who tells another to kill themselves can face up to three years in prison.

Critics of the law claim it would harm free speech, but the government’s idea for it is to give those who are being cyber-bullied a fast means of effective redress.

Harmful communication is classified as truthful or false communications as well as unsolicited or offensive videos containing nudity or extreme violence.

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