What if I told you that a dedication to “freedom of expression” required clear and consistent rules and rule application?
Well, then you’d be doing a lot better than Blizzard President J. Allen Brack this weekend.
What did Mr. Brack say to PC Gamer?
How do his statements contradict what he has said both in his “apology” to BlizzCon and in his statement of October 12, 2019?
And how can the removal of a tweet “way back" in early October help us to understand just what a “chilling effect” actually is?
The first rule of messaging is to get the message straight...in Virtual Legality.
#Blizzard #China #ChillingEffect
Discussed in this episode:
“Blizzard president clarifies decision to ban Hearthstone player and two casters over Hong Kong controversy”
PC Gamer – November 2, 2019 – Steven Messner
"2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Competition Rules v1.4"
"REGARDING LAST WEEKEND’S HEARTHSTONE GRANDMASTERS TOURNAMENT"
Inside Blizzard Blog Post - October 12, 2019
“@HoegLaw In case you were worried part 8 may be the last video…”
Tweet – November 4, 2019 – Joseph La Russa (@Joseph_La_Russa)
“Overwatch League coach told to delete Hong Kong tweet”
VG 24/7 – November 3, 2019 – Cian Maher
“Fuel assistant coach Jayne condemns treatment of banned Hearthstone player, says he was directed to delete critical tweet”
Dallas Morning News – October 9, 2019 – Tommy Magelssen and AP
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