In response to last month’s massacre in New Zealand that was streamed live on Facebook, the Australian government are legislating new laws that will hold social media companies responsible for “abhorrent violent material” as videos that show terrorist attacks, murders or rapes.
On Wednesday night a bill passed the Australia Senate with no debate or amendments, and it is expected to come before the Lower House today.
This comes as the debate on social media censorship rages across the world and many calling this response a “knee-jerk reaction” that “won’t work” and “goes against the fabric of our free and democratic society”.
These new laws mean that Australians will no longer be able to share video-news on “terrorist attacks, murders or rapes”, essentially implementing a Chinese-regime-style news filter.
Conservatives have long been targeted by social media giants, but instead of protecting Australians’ right to freedom of speech and legislating against the growing censorship bias, the Australian government is working to suppress their citizens’ freedoms even further.
More to follow.
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