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    Australian government vows to unmask online trolls

    Australia's government said Sunday it will introduce legislation to unmask online trolls, and hold social media giants like Facebook and Twitter responsible for identifying them.


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose conservative coalition government faces an election in the first half of 2022, said the law would protect Australians from online abuse and harassment.


    "The online world should not be a wild west where bots and bigots and trolls and others can just anonymously go around and harm people and hurt people, harass them and bully them and sledge them," Morrison told reporters.


    "That is not what can happen in the real world, and there is no case for it to be able to be happening in the digital world."


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


    Confusion had been sown by a High Court ruling in September that found Australian media, as users managing their own pages on a social network, could be held liable for defamatory third-party comments posted on their pages, Cash said.


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


    It would also aim to stop people making defamatory comments without being identified, she said.


    "You should not be able to use the cloak of online anonymity to spread your vile, defamatory comments," the attorney general said.


    The legislation would demand that social media platforms have a nominated entity based in Australia, she said.


    The platforms could defend themselves from being sued as the publisher of defamatory comment only if they complied with the new legislation's demands to have a complaints system in place that could provide the details of the person making the comment, if necessary, Cash said.


    People would also be able to apply to the High Court for an "information disclosure order" demanding a social media service provide details "to unmask the troll", the attorney general said.


    In some cases, she said, the "troll" may be asked to take down the comment, which could end the matter if the other side is satisfied.


    Australia's opposition leader Anthony Albanese said he would support a safer online environment for everyone.


    But he said the government had failed to propose action to stop the spread of misinformation on social media and accused some of the government's own members of spreading misinformation about Covid and vaccinations.

    Australian government vows to unmask online trolls

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    Short of using passports or drivers license to make a social media account I don’t see how Facebook can stop people hiding: I imagine latindancer will be quaking in his. It’s now. Will this law apply to forums? They are social media after all

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    not withstanding the amount of dodgy accounts belonging to government members and their staffers disseminating furphies about their opponents or school mums who have called them out

    of course this cannot work - it is just an attempt by scotty from marketing to divert attention away from his compendium of lies in an attempt to have a chance at the upcoming election

    the reality is that farcebook and twitter are waning and newer iterations if these "social networking" style communications are evolving and they will become more decentralized which will make them more difficult to be regulated

    it will not be long now before a critical mass of people are using VPS' to run their application server of choice and transiting their communications via onion routing to link up with others and mesh - multiple protocols are maturing and will just become deploy and play

    the "nannystate" has a couple of choices , they can harden their custard tarts up so they do not cry when they get called woke - they can educate their creche's to be nice boys and girls or they could profile every citizen and have a good guess at which ones will be nasty fcuks when they are online and bug their devices

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    Cya Sabang

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    I hope they don't find out what I have to say about the government.

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    I love to see more of this! I don't understand why people find so much joy in annoying others.

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    Why ? The mutt pack are mentally ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Why ? The mutt pack are mentally ill.
    I don't know that 'I enjoy annoying people I think are mentally ill' is really either very compassionate Buddhist of you or reflects on anyone other than yourself, Karen.

    Regardless worrying times for you if this goes through I'd imagine. No more threatening other people online for one.

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    If it were to go through internationally, no more forum activity at all for you, troll-boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    If it were to go through internationally, no more forum activity at all for you, troll-boy.
    You're confused Karen, I'm not the one who takes apparent pleasure in 'annoying the mentally ill' or threatens other posters.

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    Who are these bitter, angry convict trolls?

    I think we should be told.

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