Violence Regulation

Concerned about an increase in violence on television, the Federal Communications Commission is urging lawmakers to consider regulations that would restrict violent programs to late evening, when most children would not be watching.

Facebook is built for storytelling. Should the law blame people who use it to spin stories?

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

How exactly the forum that is Facebook should be thought of under the law is something the Supreme Court has had to contend with in the Elonis v. the United States case.

‘Broad Consensus’ that Media Violence Can Lead to Increased Child Aggression

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States
Recommendation:
2

The vast majority of parents, pediatricians and media researchers all believe that violent movies, video games and television shows can lead to increased aggression in children, according to a new study published in the journal, Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

In December the US Supreme Court will hear a major case about free speech, online threats, and rap music. Elonis v. United States tests whether the speaker’s intent or the listener’s response will determine if there has been a “true threat” of violence, in this case in a series of Facebook posts.

Do violent video games actually make people more violent?

Recommendation:
1

The short answer: we don't really know.

PTC Seeks Indecency Complaints Against CBS’ ‘Reckless’

Location:
CBS, 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to file indecency complaints against CBS over a recent episode of Reckless. The episode was rated TV-14 (for sex, language and violence), so viewers were warned, but PTC says there was too much of that for a show that airs at 8 p.m. central/mountain and 9 p.m. ET.

Supreme Court to hear case on Facebook threats

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Supreme Court agreed to consider a classic free speech conundrum for the 21st century: When do threatening comments made on social media sites such as Facebook cross the line into criminal activity?

Free Speech Or Illegal Threats? Justices Could Say

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Messages posted on Facebook and Twitter or sent in e-mails can be tasteless, vulgar and even disturbing. But just when do they cross the line from free speech to threats that can be punished as a crime?

Cyberbullying Law Challenged in Court

Location:
New York Supreme Court (Manhattan), 27 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10010, United States
Recommendation:
2

New York's high court will consider one of the first legal challenges to state and local laws that make it a crime for people to bully others online, especially children.

Sen Franken Holding Hearing on Stalking Apps Bill

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Al Franken (D-MN), chairman of the Judiciary Privacy Subcommittee, will hold a hearing on his bill to end stalking apps. In March, Sen Franken reintroduced a location privacy bill, the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014 that would outlaw so-called GPS "stalking apps" and give smart phone users control over very sensitive location information.

Senate panel to examine ‘stalking apps’

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen Al Franken (D-MN) will hold a hearing on “stalking apps,” which can secretly track people through their smartphones.

PTC Ranks Explicit, Violent Show Sponsors

Location:
Parents Television Council, 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Parents Television Council ranked the “Top Sponsors of Sexual Content, Suggestive Dialogue, Foul Language and Violence,” which feature the companies most closely associated with some of what the watchdog group calls “most offensive content on broadcast television.”

Lawmakers Call for Examination of Hate Speech in Media

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Reacting to the recent hate crime at two Jewish centers in Kansas City, Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced a bill to update the government's 20-year-old report on hate speech in the media.

Supreme Court weighing when online speech becomes illegal threat

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

When does an online threat become worthy of criminal prosecution? The Supreme Court is being asked to decide that unanswered question as prosecutions for online rants, from Facebook to YouTube, are becoming commonplace.

Fox Broadcasting Says Slitting a Woman’s Throat is Suitable for 14-Year-Old Children

Location:
Parents Television Council (PTC), 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Parents Television Council is calling out Fox Broadcasting for rating an episode of “The Following” that showed a young woman having her throat brutally and graphically slit open as appropriate for children as young as 14.

YouTube Enlists ‘Trusted Flaggers’ to Police Videos

Location:
YouTube, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google has given roughly 200 people and organizations, including a British police unit, the ability to “flag” up to 20 YouTube videos at once to be reviewed for violating the site’s guidelines.

Parents Television Council Campaigns for Changes to TV Ratings System

Location:
Parents Television Council, 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Parents Television Council has become known for blasting individual shows, episodes and live events for airing what the nonprofit advocacy organization deems inappropriate for television’s younger audiences.

Videogame Makers Fight Efforts to Study Link to Violence

Location:
Entertainment Software Association, 575 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
2

Legislative proposals to study whether videogames are linked to real-life violence or mental health -- prompted by a rash of mass shootings -- have stalled amid a campaign by the industry to quash the efforts, according to lobbying records and lawmakers.

PTC Study: TV Violence Ratings Fail Parents

Location:
Parents Television Council (PTC), 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States
Recommendation:
2

Violent dramas on the broadcast networks carry milder parental cautions than cable shows like "The Walking Dead" but can equal them in graphic gore, a failure of the TV ratings system, a new study found.

No Consensus Among Scholars on Media Violence

Location:
Stetson University, 421 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL, 32723, United States
Recommendation:
2

The notion that media violence plays even a partial role in mass shootings is scientifically dead.

Senate panel votes to study video game violence

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously advanced legislation to study the impact of violent video games and other media on children. Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the bill last year after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown (CT).

Senate panel to vote on Wheeler's nomination for FCC chief

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote on Tom Wheeler's nomination to lead the Federal Communications Commission on July 30. The committee also announced votes on 21 other bills and nominations, including a cybersecurity bill and a measure to fund research into violence in the media.

Senate Commerce Committee Markup

Jul 30 2013 - 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an executive session on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. to markup several bills and nominations.

Senate Commerce Committee to vote on media violence bill

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to vote next week on Chairman Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) bill to study the impact of violent video games and other media on children.

NAB Expresses Support for Rockefeller Violence Research Bill

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

On the news that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D- WV) planned next week to mark up his Violent Content Research Act of 2013 -- it was referred to committee July 24 and is scheduled for a July 30 markup -- National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith, himself a former senator, said his members support the inquiry.

Hollywood’s Passion for Guns Remains Undimmed

Location:
Hollywood, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Almost a year after the theater shootings in Aurora (CO) and a half-year after the killings in Newtown (CT), one of the things that hasn’t changed is Hollywood’s enchantment with the gun, at least when it comes to selling the big movies.

Institute of Medicine Issues Violence Study Recommendations To Administration

Location:
Institute of Medicine, 500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academy of Sciences, issued a report finding that, due to a lack of research focused on guns, "a direct relationship between violence in media and real-life firearm violence has not been established and additional research is necessary," but that existing evidence points to a "significant relationship" between media and some real-world violence.

TV Violence Still Prevalent, According To New PTC Study

Location:
Parents Television Council (PTC), 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States
Recommendation:
2

Violence, gore and gunplay were staples on prime-time television even in the most sensitive period directly following the Newtown school shooting.

Bill That Would Have Created Mass Media Violence Commission Defeated

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

An amendment was defeated in the Senate that would have created a commission to study the causes of mass violence, including media violence. The vote was 54 to 46, but 60 votes were required for passage of the amendment.

Republican Gun Bill Includes Media Violence Research

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sens Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced alternative gun control legislation that would call for yet another set of studies on the impact of violent media--specifically video games--on real-world violence.

Sen Rockefeller Files Media Violence Bill As Amendment To Gun Control

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has offered his media violence research bill as an amendment to gun-control legislation currently before the Senate, according to a committee spokesperson.

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