Australia Tries to Convince Facebook to Back Anti-Troll Defamation Law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that Facebook will show no interest in making the online world safe if it quits Australia over laws holding it liable for defamation on its platform.

Australia proposes to require global internet firms to divulge the identity of people who use anonymous accounts if another person accuses them of defamation, in the latest of numerous initiatives to hold them more accountable for the material on their platforms.

The proposed legislation would also hold social media firms legally liable for defamatory comments left beneath publishers’ postings on their platforms.

The corporation, which has renamed its parent organization Meta, has previously stated that it cannot reasonably be expected to monitor all comments on its website for defamation, and that it frequently has less access to users’ pages than the users have.

Twitter Inc and YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, both declined to comment.

Twitter has stated that it often cooperates with legal requests for user names, but that it cherishes whistleblower protection.

Global social media giants threatened to leave Australia in February due to rules requiring them to pay media outlets for information appearing on their websites.


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