Australia may oblige social media to disclose the identities of online hooligans and detractors

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Scott Morrison) introduced a bill according to which social networks will be required to disclose the identity of online trolls or persons who publish defamatory or defamatory information.

Image source: Gerd Altmann /

Image source: Gerd Altmann /

According to Mr. Morrison during a press conference, people who believe that they have been defamed on the Internet will be able to receive court orders, according to which major social networks such as Twitter and Facebook will have to identify the persons who published the relevant messages. If the administrations of the services cannot do this, they will have to answer for libel themselves – pay a fine.

Under current Australian law, social media companies are not considered to be publishers of content published on their platforms. Thus, if a user publishes a defamatory comment on a Facebook page, the burden of legal consequences rests with the owner of that page. Discussion of the bill in the country’s parliament starts next week – the document appeared after the ruling of the Supreme Court, according to which companies owning social networks can be prosecuted for comments on their platforms.

A spokesperson for Meta (owns Facebook) said the company would comment after taking a closer look at the legislative initiative. Australian Commissioner for Electronic Security Julie Inman Grant previously suggested that implementing such a regulation would be problematic. In a Senate hearing last year, she stated: “I think it would be very difficult for Facebook to initially or re-identify its 2.7 billion users.”


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