Faaez Samadi
Apr 4, 2019

Australia passes social media law with severe penalties for violent content

Bill proposed by prime minister on Saturday introduces fine and jail time as punishment for breaches.

Australian Prime Minister Office Scott Morrison and wife his Jenny visiting the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch to pay their respects after the attacks. 

(Photo: Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP)

Australia’s parliament today passed new legislation introducing much tougher fines for social-media platforms that do not deal with violent content on their platforms.

According to the new law, social-media companies are liable for fines of up 10% of their annual turnover if violent content is not taken down within an “expeditious” timeframe. The content in question is defined as “the playing or streaming of terrorism, murder, attempted murder, torture, rape and kidnapping on social media”....

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