A squad of police officers from Denmark have been assigned the task of playing video games online. The reason is that they must look for signs of abuse, bullying and hate speech under the name of Police Online Patrol.
This special unit has a presence in Steam, discordand even transmissions through twitch. Due to the nature of their features, they are also active in popular multiplayer games like Fortnite, Minecraft and Call of Duty: Warzone. Even, in Minecraft they have been customized to look like a Danish police uniform. They regularly share clips of what’s going on behind the scenes and some of their gaming wins on video streaming services like TikTok.
The Police Online Patrol they began their operations in April 2022 with the aim of “policing social media” and “engaging in dialogue with children and young people in particular, preventing inappropriate behaviors and crimes, and intervening if crimes are committed.”
Online games are one way used by extremist groups for recruitmentand the recent case of teenagers playing ISIS on Roblox It shows us the kind of strange and disturbing things that go on hidden on the internet. Having responsible adults available for kids to turn to when they’re uncomfortable playing online games is a good idea, but you probably need more than a few people to make an impact.
Gaming toxicity has been studied and reported many times, with players in some titles experiencing hate speech and harassment on a regular basis. This has also extended to swatting at times, which has had lethal results in some cases. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a single solution to all of these problems.