Australia is preparing for another showdown with Big Tech

Minister of Communications and Arts Paul Fletcher will address the media on June 23, 2021 at the Press Gallery of the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia.

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Australia is preparing another confrontation with Big Tech — this time around the abusive and defamatory posts published on their platform.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told CNBC Wednesday that the country is at the “front line” of establishing legal and regulatory frameworks for social media giants and plans to continue to hold them accountable.

In a groundbreaking decision, Australia passed law this year I need it Google When Facebook Pay local media and publishers to link content to news feeds and search results.

“Australia is obsessed with social media regulatory issues and will continue to do so,” Fletcher said on CNBC.Squawbox Asia.. “

What are you proposing?

“Palace of the Coward”

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison Described social media as “Coward’s Palace” A place where users can hide behind anonymity and “destroy people’s lives, tell people the dirtiest and most offensive things, and do so with immunity.”

In such cases, he said, social media companies should be treated as publishers.

The Australian Supreme Court reportedly ruled last month The media is the “publisher” of suspected defamation comments posted by users on the official Facebook page and may file defamation proceedings.

But the ruling didn’t see if Facebook itself was responsible, Fletcher told CNBC. Australia is preparing for another showdown with Big Tech

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