Facebook, Google and Twitter can be held liable for damage caused by cyberbullying and violent online content as part of heavy government action
- Social media giants may be responsible for cyberbullying and harmful content
- A $ 17 million package is being introduced to create safer online spaces
- it puts companies under pressure to remove harmful behavior from their platforms
Lauren Ferri for daily post Australia
Social media giants can be held responsible for cyberbullying and spreading violent online content – and are urged to tighten up their policies.
A package of $ 17 million dollars is being introduced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) by the Australian government with the aim of creating safer online spaces.
The change is putting companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter under pressure to remove harmful behavior from their websites, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Social media giants can be held responsible for cyber bullying and spreading violent online content and are urged to tighten up their policies (inventory)
An online security charter will be implemented for the major technological giants in the hope that standards will be lifted and cyber bullying will be stopped.
Although the charter is not legally binding, it is assumed that it will also include accountability measures for social media companies.
These measures will force the companies to take stronger action against violent content and harmful practices online.
If the companies refuse to comply with the new guidelines, the government can carry out a follow-up with laws that do hold them liable for online damage.
If these laws are implemented, victims can take legal action against the giants of social media, as we have seen in parts of Europe.
Communications minister Mitch Fifield insists that the new charter will set a high industry standard that large companies will have to meet.
"Companies that communicate with children in the real world must meet high security standards and digital companies should not be treated differently," said Mr. Fifield.
Communications minister Mitch Fifield (photo) emphasizes that the new charter will set a high industry standard that large companies must meet
Nothing can be more important than protecting our children and … this means protecting them from the dangers of the online environment. & # 39;
Discussion about the guidelines arose after a study by the Senate in 2018 on bullying laws.
It was recommended that the federal government maintain regulatory pressure & # 39; on social media giants and duty to implement health care legislation.
The Committee insisted that social media companies should ensure that their platforms were safe across the board and reduced cyberbullying.
The change puts companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter under pressure to remove harmful behavior from their websites (stock image)
In the 2017 survey, Kids Helpline received 3000 calls with regard to cybersecurity. with 1000 children of children about cyberbullying.
It was also found that complaints bounced by 133 percent when children returned to school at the beginning of the year.
The federal government was also advised to encourage social media companies to consistently publish data relating to user complaints and their answers.
In order to ensure that the development of the charter goes smoothly, the government has plans to consult with the companies and parents about the guidelines.
It is expected that the online security charter for the next elections will be revealed.