Law should treat social media companies as publishers: Attorney-General

Facebook and Twitter face a fundamental new challenge after Christian Porter said social media platforms should be treated as publishers under defamation law.

20.11.2019

Attorney-General Christian Porter says social media platforms should be treated the same as traditional publishers under defamation law, a change which would present a fundamental new challenge for global companies like Facebook and Twitter

Facebook and Twitter face a fundamental new challenge after Christian Porter said social media platforms should be treated as publishers under defamation law.

Mr Porter expressed the view in a speech on Wednesday, declaring the legal environment for traditional media companies was not fair and it was necessary to update defamation law as part of a national review being undertaken by federal and state governments.

Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald

Probably the only thing coming out of this blokes mouth that I agree with . This make so much sense, social media has grown out of control. No one is taking any responsibility for so much rubbish published online. CP: Someone called me a nasty name and now I want a big stick to bash them with. Internet: Sit down and shut up Christian.

The LNP is desperately trying to silence dissent. auspol dwinnera Social media isn't a publishing house. It isn't any single thing. For some it's a highstreet. For others the village pub. There needs to be differentiation between those who use it professionally, those who use it for campaigning, and those who just use it for letting off steam.

Peanut... Given they spent a few years criticising Labor and in particular the very personal attacks on Julia Gillard, allowing shock jocks to pursue it too, this smacks of the worst 🐴💩 A-grade hypocrisy they’ve come up with yet. Do they dare backdate this “defamation” crap? What they trying to do is ban critical comments from voters They got Twitter and Facebook to shut anti govts sites during election Some still shut down Dictator govt

Yes and no. if they act like a publisher and determine who, what can go on their business then treat him like a publisher but if they are just a platform for all with no ifs or buts then treat them like a platform What an awful proposal. A few people woul get a real wake up call if this happened. About time

Law should treat social media companies as publishers: Attorney-GeneralBreaking: Attorney-General Christian Porter says social media platforms should be treated the same as traditional publishers under defamation law, a change which would present a fundamental new challenge for global companies like Facebook and Twitter. Good. These platforms are no different. So should politicians lying in parliament The truth hurts

Parliamentary privilege should go as well then. Also introduce laws against the scum lying to the population too What a good idea What if it’s someone overseas calling you an arse ? People posting are not journalists and have no mass media reach. So what he is proposing is purely a more secretive nazi style society the LNP have already been slowly implementing.

Stop your party’s ideological pursuit of the union movement and start doing something that will benefit the country. It’s interesting to see the naming+shaming of people, men mostly in alleged sexual assault matters b4 a fair days hearing in court that continually occurs on media social pages+bulletins. The insinuation in most stories of guilt, then no follow up or apology when found not guilty

Yet politicians can tell any lies under parliamentary privilege. Sounds like one rule for some. Another nail in the coffin of free speech. Actually they should be treated like highways. They should be free of judgement as long as they refrain from any interference to passing traffic. They should have their advertising limited and be defended from corporate takeovers of space. Policing should be limited

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Law should treat social media companies as publishers: Attorney-GeneralBreaking: Attorney-General Christian Porter says social media platforms should be treated the same as traditional publishers under defamation law, a change which would present a fundamental new challenge for global companies like Facebook and Twitter. Good. These platforms are no different. So should politicians lying in parliament The truth hurts

Cricket Australia bans WBBL player for posting team list on InstagramCricket Australia comes down hard on Hobart Hurricanes WBBL player Emily Smith, handing out a 12-month suspension after she posted a team list on social media. Whoever made the decision to suspend her for that period of time should hang their heads in shame. Just an exited young athlete who made an error. She shouldn’t be suspended for any period at all Cricket Australia has lost the plot the last few years. I suggest that Cricket Australia needs to ban itself from Australian cricket. Cricket Australia bans WBBL player from posting team list - “that’s our job, our only job”

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