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Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

MELBOURNE, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Australia will introduce laws to make social media giants present particulars of customers who put up defamatory feedback, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated on Sunday.

The authorities has been trying on the extent of the duty of platforms, corresponding to Twitter (TWTR.N) and Facebook (FB.O), for defamatory materials printed on their websites and comes after the nation’s highest court docket dominated that publishers might be held answerable for public feedback on online boards. learn extra

The ruling brought on some news corporations like CNN to deny Australians entry to their Facebook pages. learn extra

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“The online world should not be a wild west where bots and bigots and trolls and others are anonymously going around and can harm people,” Morrison stated at a televised press briefing. “That is not what can happen in the real world, and there is no case for it to be able to be happening in the digital world.”

The new laws will introduce a complaints mechanism, in order that if any person thinks they’re being defamed, bullied or attacked on social media, they are going to be in a position to require the platform to take the fabric down.

If the content material will not be withdrawn, a court docket course of might force a social media platform to present particulars of the commenter.

“Digital platforms – these online companies – must have proper processes to enable the takedown of this content,” Morrison stated.

“They have created the space and they need to make it safe, and if they won’t, we will make them (through) laws such as this.”

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Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Leslie Adler

A man takes a mobile phone picture of the windowed ceiling at a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia, July 3, 2017.  REUTERS/Steven Saphore

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