Internet Law in Australia – level 3

15-04-2019 15:00

The Australian parliament approved controversial new legislation on April 4th. This new law means that tech executives could go to prison if they take too long to remove violent content from their websites.

The type of content includes terrorism, murder, attempted murder, torture, rape and kidnapping. Penalties include up to three years in jail for the executives and a fine of 7.5 million dollars for the company or more.

The aim of the law is to make sure that people cannot spread violent and extreme propaganda online. The lawyers say that the Internet should not be used as a weapon for evil.

The new law is a reaction to the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings last month in which 50 people died. The shooter spread violent video of the killings across social media.

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