- Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said Australia has been “at the forefront” of establishing a legal and regulatory framework for the social media giants, and plans to hold them accountable.
- After passing a law this year that requires Google and Facebook to pay for news, the Australian government is preparing for another showdown with Big Tech – this time for abusive, defamatory posts published on their platforms. Feather.
Australia is preparing for another showdown with Big Tech – this time over abusive, defamatory posts being published on their platform.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told Businesshala on Wednesday that the country has been “at the forefront” of establishing a legal and regulatory framework for the social media giant, and plans to hold them accountable.
In a landmark decision, Australia this year passed a law requiring Google and Facebook to pay local media outlets and publishers to link their content to news feeds or search results.
“Australia has leaned on the issue of regulating social media, and we intend to continue to do so,” Fletcher said on Businesshala’s “Squawk Box Asia.”
Canberra is considering a number of measures that could hold social media firms more accountable for abusive and abusive content posted on their platforms.
“We expect a strong position from the platforms. Over the long run, they are shying away from taking any responsibility with respect to the content they publish on their sites,” Fletcher said. An interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday.
The government is looking at “absolute ways” to crack down on the idea that whatever content can be posted online can be done without penalty, he said.
Fletcher told Businesshala on Wednesday that a consultation process is underway to look into defamatory posts on social media and what kind of liabilities the platform should have in relation to those posts. Australia’s defamation laws are reportedly being reviewed.
The minister also pointed out that Australia has this year passed legislation that allows the country e-Security commissioner will order the platform to remove the post or material deemed “dangerous, harassing or objectionable” by reasonable persons.
Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison Termed social media as ‘coward’s palace’ Where users can hide behind anonymity and “destroy people’s lives and say the worst and offensive things to people and do so without penalty.”
In such cases, social media companies should be treated as publishers, he added.
Australia’s highest court reportedly ruled last month Media outlets are “publishers” of allegedly defamatory comments posted by users on their official Facebook pages – which leaves them open to defamation lawsuits.
But that decision did not look at whether Facebook itself was liable, Fletcher told Businesshala.