Australia's new online safety laws could force social platforms to take down abusive posts

Australia's new online safety laws could force social platforms to take down abusive posts

Australian adults can now tattle to the government if they’re being bullied on social media. New laws allow Australia’s eSafety Commissioner to compel platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to remove “cyber‑abuse material” within 24 hours, or face a hefty fine. It’s a second avenue of recourse for those dissatisfied with the platforms’ moderation policies.Described by government officials as a “world first cyber-abuse take-down scheme to protect adults,” the amendments to Australia’s Online Safety Act came into effect on Sunday after being passed by the Australian Senate last June. Under this new legislation, the eSafety Commissioner can issue a removal notice to a platform if they don’t take down a post within 48 hours of receiving a complaint about it.This doesn’t mean Aussies can run to the government about every single tweet they find objectionable, though. The offending posts must be “menacing, harassing or offensive,” as well as likely

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