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Mark Chay on Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill

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The Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill focuses on moderating and cleaning up content on social media services and platforms, but harmful content also exists in online games, said NMP Mark Chay. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9), he pointed out that coarse language, harassment, threats and explicit sexual and violent content lurk in online games. He said while the Bill is not intended for gaming, the Government could engage the eSports and gaming community on similar protections for players and gamers. Mr Chay said the industry is already recognising toxicity as a problem. Some major gaming companies have started anti-toxicity programmes, but with little success, he said. He stressed the need to keep the conversation going on how to "game responsibly" and urged the Government to work with the gaming and eSports community to chart the path forward.

The Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill focuses on moderating and cleaning up content on social media services and platforms, but harmful content also exists in online games, said NMP Mark Chay. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9), he pointed out that coarse language, harassment, threats and explicit sexual and violent content lurk in online games. He said while the Bill is not intended for gaming, the Government could engage the eSports and gaming community on similar protections for players and gamers. Mr Chay said the industry is already recognising toxicity as a problem. Some major gaming companies have started anti-toxicity programmes, but with little success, he said. He stressed the need to keep the conversation going on how to "game responsibly" and urged the Government to work with the gaming and eSports community to chart the path forward.

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