#6043919 at 2019-04-04 15:15:44 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7730: And then There Were Seven Edition
Australian Communications Minister MitchFifield said social media companies including Facebook met with him, Chester and Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week. Fifield said Facebook "did not present any immediate solutions to the issues arising out of the horror that occurred in Christchurch."
Morrison wants to take the Australian law to a Group of 20 countries forum as a model for holding social media companies to account.
New Zealand's Justice Minster Andrew Little said his government had also made a commitment to review the role of social media and the obligations of the companies that provide the platforms.
And he said he'd asked officials to look at the effectiveness of current hate speech laws and whether there were gaps that need to be filled.
Little said he didn't see any irony in that people were watching hearings into a bill that would place new restrictions on guns in real time on Facebook, the same platform the shooter used to broadcast the massacre.
"There's a world of difference, I think, between the exercise of a democratic function and a democratic institution like a national parliament, and some of the more toxic stuff that you see put out by individuals," he said.
#6043916 at 2019-04-04 15:15:35 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7730: And then There Were Seven Edition
The bill would make it a crime for social media platforms not to remove "abhorrent violent material" quickly. The crime would be punishable by three years in prison and a fine of 10.5 million Australian dollars ($7.5 million) or 10% of the platform's annual turnover.
Abhorrent violent material is defined as acts of terrorism, murder, attempted murder, torture, rape and kidnapping. The material must he recorded by the perpetrator or an accomplice.
Platforms anywhere in the world would face fines of up to AU$840,000 if they fail to notify Australian Federal Police if they are aware their service was streaming "abhorrent violent conduct" occurring in Australia.
Dreyfus described the bill as "flimsy and flawed." He described the timetable to pass the bill as "ridiculous." Labor first saw the legislation late Monday.
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Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter, left, and Minister for Communications MitchFifield hold a press conference at Parliament House, in Canberra, Wednesday, April 4, 2019. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
The bill could potentially undermine Australia's security cooperation with the United States by requiring U.S. internet providers to share content data with Australian Federal Police in breach of U.S. law, Dreyfus said.
"Labor believes that the social media companies must do more in preventing the dissemination of material produced by terrorists, showing of their crimes, and for that reason Labor will, despite reservations … be supporting the passage of this bill," Dreyfus said.
An attempt by the minor Greens party and independent lawmakers to have the vote scrutinized by a parliamentary committee was rejected.
Arthur Moses, president of the Australian Law Council, the nation's top lawyers group, said the law could lead to media censorship and prevent whistleblowers from using social media to shine a light on atrocities because of social media companies' fear of prosecution.
"Media freedom and whistleblowing of atrocities here and overseas have been put at risk by the ill-informed livestream laws passed by the Federal Parliament," Moses said.
The penalties would be "bad for certainty and bad for business" which could scare off online business investment in Australia, Moses said.
Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox, a leading business advocate, said more time was required to ensure the law did not unnecessarily impinge on existing fundamental media rights and freedoms.
"Rushing this legislation through will not make Australia safe," he said.
Scott Farquhar, co-founder of the Sydney-based software company Atlassian, predicted job losses in the technology industry.
"As of today, any person working at any company (globally) that allows users to upload videos or images could go to jail," Farquhar tweeted. "Guilty until proven innocent."
Fergus Hanson, head of the International Cyber Policy Center at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, saw problems in the legislation's definitions, including how long a company had to "expeditiously" remove offense material.
Alex McCauley, chief executive of national tech startup advocacy organization StartupAUS, described the legislation as "anti-tech."
"We want to see it (social media) better regulated and we just simply haven't had the conversation at a national level about what that means and there hasn't been time and there hasn't been consultation," McCauley told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Facebook livestreamed the Christchurch massacre for 17 minutes without interruption before reacting. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the shootings during the first 24 hours afterward.
It was filmed by Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, whose video and writings included anti-Muslim views and detailed how he planned the attack. Tarrant is scheduled to appear in court Friday and will face 50 murder and 38 attempted murder charges, according to New Zealand police.
#5891492 at 2019-03-26 01:28:51 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7537: Tucker And Don Jr Edition
Aussie PM threatens social media companes with 'significant' penalties
Tech giants will be threatened with 'significant' penalties when they meet with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Brisbane this afternoon.
Representatives from Facebook, YouTube-owner Google and Twitter will meet with the Aussie PM, plus Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Attorney-General Christian Porter and Communications Minister MitchFifield.
"We need to prevent social media platforms being weaponised," Morrison said ahead of the meeting.
Morrison said if social media companies failed to show they were willing immediately to make changes to prevent the use of their platforms for material like the Christchurch shooting livestream, "we will take action".
Proposed laws across the Tasman would:
- Make it a criminal offence to fail to remove the offending footage as soon as possible after it was reported or it otherwise became known to the company
- Allow the government to declare footage of an incident filmed by a perpetrator and being hosted on a site was "abhorrent violent material". It would be a crime for a social media provider not to quickly remove the material after receiving a notice to do so. There would be escalating penalties the longer it remained on the social media platform.
Further details are pending. It's so far not clear if Australia or NZ will follow the lead of Germany, which designated social media platforms as publishers and threatened them with fines of up to 50 million Euros ($80m) if they failed to act on hate speech.
Morrison has already said he wants to put a multi-country social media crackdown on the agenda for June's G20 meeting.
#3375579 at 2018-10-07 05:23:46 (UTC+1) Q Research General #4277: "DON'T BE A PAWN IN THEIR SICK GAME " Edition
Australia has blocked Huawei and ZTE from providing equipment for its 5G network, which is set to launch commercially next year. In a tweet, Huawei stated that the Australian government told the company that both it and ZTE are banned from supplying 5G technology to the country, despite Huawei's assurances that it does not pose a threat to national security.
AUSTRALIA'S BAN ON HUAWEI IS JUST MORE BAD NEWS FOR CHINA
AS THE US-CHINA trade war rages on, two Chinese tech companies are facing a new headache: Australia's government has joined the US in effectively banning its wireless carriers from buying gear for 5G networks from Huawei and ZTE.
The decision is more than spillover from the US-China dispute. It's part of a bigger controversy over the role of China in Australia, which is in the midst of political turmoil. On Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stepped down after lawmakers from his conservative Liberal Party voted to replace him with Scott Morrison, who had been treasurer and acting minister for home affairs.
News of the ban on Chinese 5G equipment came via a tweet from Huawei on Wednesday. A statement from Morrison, before he became prime minister, and Australian Senator MitchFifield confirmed that carriers may be restricted from buying equipment from companies operating in certain countries under new telecommunications regulations set to take effect in September, but the announcement doesn't mention Huawei, ZTE, or China by name. Instead it refers to "vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law."
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#8107 at 2018-01-06 22:08:56 (UTC+1) 2nd Generation Q Research General #10 - Questioning Shit is Healthy Edition
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