You could be committing a criminal offence next time you discuss your deepest fantasies with someone online. That means it is therefore perfectly possible for the content of online chat, should a jury decide that it is capable of "depraving or corrupting", to be judged "obscene" - and as such for one or both participants in that conversation to be guilty of a criminal offence that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, and a stint on the sex offenders' register.
A ruling slipped out quietly by the Appeal Court earlier this year, and lurking in the background while the substantive case to which it applied came to court, makes it plain: the act of publishing as defined within the Obscene Publications Act can take place with an audience of just one individual.
Among the issues endemic to the voice- and text-chat platform was the anonymous and unsolicited dissemination of child pornography, a problem which seems to have only gotten worse.
Over 25 million users have flocked to Discord, a text and voice platform for gamers, since its launch in May of 2015.
This is my favorite choice, because I don’t really like when a director gives you the definite end of a story. There is always something that is boiling inside you, if you made the right choice or not. If I went to Rome, what would give me away as an American tourist—besides speaking English? When we were in Modena, we shot in Massimo Bottura’s restaurant, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had in my life."In general, rather than spreading this copy/paste message, if you do receive DMs with illegally explicit material, please email [email protected]" In the time since Gizmodo first reported on the issue I've personally received three such unsolicited messages, one of which contained a particularly disturbing image of an infant girl.The user, whose handle was Good Weed, sent it with only the message "hi" and abruptly became unreachable.This is legal dynamite - and in one single judgment catapults the UK to the back of the queue on a range of international indices on freedom of speech.The change to the law - or clarification as judges might describe it - came about in February when the Appeal Court ruled on a prosecution appeal in respect of an individual identified only as "GS".