PM announces new laws to end online harassment | Liverpool City Champion
The Morrison government will introduce legislation this week to crack down on social media abuse and bullying.
Under the laws, platforms will be required to reveal the identity of people who anonymously post defamatory or harmful material.
“The online world offers many opportunities, but it comes with real risks and we have to face it, otherwise it will continue to have a very harmful and corrosive impact on our society, on our community,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reporters in Canberra. Sunday.
The government is looking for a complaints mechanism where if someone thinks they are being defamed, intimidated or attacked on social media, they will have the option to demand that the platform remove them.
If the platform does not comply, there will be legal process whereby that person can demand that the platform provide details of the abusive or defamatory identity.
“The online world shouldn’t be a Wild West where bots, fanatics and trolls and others can (be) anonymously and can hurt people and hurt people, harass and bully and drag them,” Mr Morrison said.
He said online businesses need to have proper processes in place to allow removal of this content.
“There has to be a quick, easy, and quick way for people to raise these issues with these platforms and get rid of them,” he said.
“They have this responsibility. They created this world.”
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese agreed with the sentiment of the announcement, but said it must be held.
“The government needs to explain how it can deal with the fact that national controls have limits for what is a global industry,” he told reporters in Melbourne.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said her party has long called for more regulation of tech giants.
“There is clearly a big problem with abuse and slurs on social media,” said Senator Hanson-Young, head of media and communications.
“The question today is whether the Morrison government has come up with a viable solution to tackling online mischief or if it is just a breath of fresh air at election time.”
The Greens will propose that the legislation be sent to a Senate inquiry for further consideration and to hear from experts.
Mr Morrison said the government would seek test cases to strengthen these new laws and support those who have been wronged if they have few means.
“We will support them in the courts and we will face them. We will face them in Parliament and we will face them in the courts because I want to make sure our children are safe,” the prime minister said.
Liberal Minister Anne Ruston said it was “absolutely unacceptable” for a platform to think it could shirk its responsibilities.
“I would really love to see any of these platforms stand up and say they think it’s okay for them to hide behind the anonymity of bots, bullies and fanatics online,” said Senator Ruston at ABC’s Insiders.
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