Australia to ban live streaming of violent crimes on social media

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 30 March: The Scott Morrison government plans to bring legislation against ‘technology products’ ‘exploited by murderous terrorists’. The new law is likely to fine social media companies and jail bosses for any ‘live streaming’ of Christchurch type terror attacks.

The legislation is expected to bring social media companies at par with mainstream media who risk ‘putting their licence at risk’ based on the existing criminal code lows, says the Attorney general Christian Peter.

The proposed law will include two new set of offences:

· It will be a criminal offence for social media platforms not to remove abhorrent violent material expeditiously. This will be punishable by 3 years’ imprisonment or fines that can reach up to 10% of the platform’s annual turnover.

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· Platforms anywhere in the world must notify the AFP if they become aware their service is streaming abhorrent violent conduct that is happening in Australia. A failure to do this will be punishable by fines of up to $168,000 for an individual or $840,000 for a corporation.

“The Bill will not impact the ability of news media to report on events which are in the public interest,” Minister Fifield said.

“Australia’s mainstream media already adopt a sensible approach to broadcasting material which can cause harm to individuals, as is required under their licensing arrangements.”

“The focus of this Bill is to put responsibility back on the social media giants to prevent their platforms being co-opted by terrorists, criminals, and violent extremists,” the Attorney-General said.

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Neeraj Nanda

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