Australia to jail social media for hate speech

April 2, 2019 | Media
In an unprecedented move, Australia plans to introduce a legislation that would have jail time and hefty fines for hate speech online.

According to the Guardian the country would be the first in the world to punish social media owners with imprisonment and multi-million dollar fines for allowing the spread of hate speech.

Should a social media owner not take down content immediately this would represent a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 per cent of the platform’s annual turnover.

The legislation would aim sites internationally and demand a takedown of any occurrence of violent streaming originating from Australia.

The legislation ensures that press and media in general continue to operate freely and their reporting is not subject to any limitations.

It is meant at targeting playing or streaming of terrorism, murder, attempted murder, torture, rape and kidnapping on social media, like in the case of live-streaming of the mass murder in the New Zeland’s mosque recently.

Foremost among these is to recognise how social media platforms are being weaponised by terrorists.

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Social media companies will have to address this issue also at the upcoming G20 meeting in Osaka this June, where governments have set up a special task force.