Scott Morrison and wife Jenny worry daughters are being bullied online

Scott Morrison reveals he and Jenny worry EVERY night if their kids are being abused and harassed on social media

  • Scott Morrison introduces rules to tackle social media bullying
  • The laws require social media to disclose the identity of trolls on platforms
  • Prime Minister hopes the move will help eradicate ‘bots and bigots’
  • He revealed that he is thinking about how his two daughters are being treated online


Scott Morrison has revealed that he and Jenny worry every night about their daughters being bullied online.

The Prime Minister said he believes every Australian parent feels the same when discussing his new laws to reduce online trolling.

“I doubt there is a parent in this country who doesn’t worry every night about what their children are exposed to online and about the abuse and bullying that can take place,” he said in Question Time to Parliament on Monday.

“I know I feel like a parent, Mr. Speaker, and I know Jenny does too.”

Scott Morrison has revealed that he and Jenny worry every night about their daughters being bullied online

Scott Morrison and Jenny are pictured with their two daughters Abbey and Lily

Scott Morrison and Jenny are pictured with their two daughters Abbey and Lily

Under Mr Morrison’s proposed laws, social media users will be able to require platforms to remove content who slanders, bullies or attacks them.

If the platform fails to comply, there will be legal proceedings where the user can demand to know the name of the person who posted the objectionable material, with a view to prosecution.

Mr Morrison, who announced his proposal on Sunday, said he was particularly concerned about the impact of social media on Australian children.

“The online world offers a lot of great opportunities, but there are also some real risks that we need to address, otherwise it will have a very damaging and corrosive impact on our society, on our community,” he said.

“The online world shouldn’t be a wild west where bots and bigots and trolls and others can go about anonymously and harm people and hurt people, harass and bully and sledding.”

Attorney General Michaelia Cash said the legislation, expected to be introduced in early 2022, was needed to clarify that social media platforms, not users, were responsible for defamatory comments from other people.

Confusion was sown by a September Supreme Court ruling finding that, as users who run their own pages on a social network, Australian media outlets could be held liable for defamatory comments by third parties on their pages, Senator Cash said.

Under the planned legislation, the social media companies themselves would be responsible for such defamatory content, not the users, she explained.

It would also aim to prevent people from making defamatory comments without being identified.

“You must not use the cloak of online anonymity to spread your despicable, defamatory comments,” the attorney general said.

Attorney General Michaelia Cash (pictured) said the legislation aims to prevent people from making defamatory comments without being identified

Attorney General Michaelia Cash (pictured) said the legislation aims to prevent people from making defamatory comments without being identified

The legislation would require social media platforms to have a nominated entity in Australia.

The platforms can only defend themselves from being sued as a publisher of defamatory comments if they meet the requirements of the new legislation to have a complaints system that can provide details of the person making the comment, if necessary, Senator Cash said. .

People could also file a petition with the Supreme Court to request an “information disclosure order” requiring a social media service to provide details “to expose the troll,” the attorney general said.

In some cases, she said, the “troll” may be asked to remove the comment, which could end the matter if the other party is happy.

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