Australia sanctions Law to punish social media executives for violent posts

Published: April 6, 2019

Australia’s parliament has passed a legislation to imprison executives of social media if their platforms shows real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic world could lead to unpredictable results like media censorship and decreased investment in Australia. The law has made it a crime for social media platforms not to remove ‘abhorrent violent material’ quickly. The crime is punishable by a fine of 10.5 million Australian dollars and 3 years in prison, or 10% of the platform’s annual turnover.

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