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Australia passes law to punish social media for violent posts

A consortium of global technological superpowers, including Google, Facebook and Amazon, also argued that it would hurt Australia's relations with other countries as it would require "proactive" monitoring of all users worldwide, while criminalizing content is being reposted by users without companies who know about it. "This law, which was thought and gone for five days without any meaningful consultation, does nothing to address hate language, which was the basic motivation for the tragic Christchurch terrorist attacks," said Sunita Bose, Digital Executive Director Industry Group Inc., an advocacy group representing Facebook, Google and other businesses. "With the large volumes of content being uploaded to the internet every second," Bose says, "this is a very complex problem that requires discussions with the technology industry, legal experts, media and civil society to get the solution right – it didn't this week. " In the Senate Wednesday evening, Richard Di Natale, a senator in the Australian Green Party, said the process was rushed. He blamed both the Australian Conservative Government and the Opposition Party, which he characterized as conforming. "We've got some of the most important changes to online social media rules we've ever seen," he said. But with little or no time for public input, he added: "It will be hit through." Experts warned that the law – which is intended to go beyond traditional social media to websites that have been hotbed by white supremacy, such as 4Chan – can lead to legal challenges. It is not clear whether Australia could…

A consortium of global technological superpowers, including Google, Facebook and Amazon, also argued that it would hurt Australia’s relations with other countries as it would require “proactive” monitoring of all users worldwide, while criminalizing content is being reposted by users without companies who know about it.

“This law, which was thought and gone for five days without any meaningful consultation, does nothing to address hate language, which was the basic motivation for the tragic Christchurch terrorist attacks,” said Sunita Bose, Digital Executive Director Industry Group Inc., an advocacy group representing Facebook, Google and other businesses.

“With the large volumes of content being uploaded to the internet every second,” Bose says, “this is a very complex problem that requires discussions with the technology industry, legal experts, media and civil society to get the solution right – it didn’t this week. “

In the Senate Wednesday evening, Richard Di Natale, a senator in the Australian Green Party, said the process was rushed. He blamed both the Australian Conservative Government and the Opposition Party, which he characterized as conforming.

“We’ve got some of the most important changes to online social media rules we’ve ever seen,” he said. But with little or no time for public input, he added: “It will be hit through.”

Experts warned that the law – which is intended to go beyond traditional social media to websites that have been hotbed by white supremacy, such as 4Chan – can lead to legal challenges. It is not clear whether Australia could take action against companies that do not have offices in the country, and it is also not clear whether it would have the right to impose profit-based penalties on international hosting such as Facebook.

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