Social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter could now face fines.
The Federal Government is introducing a new law that could see social media giants face fines up to $17000 a day if they refuse to remove harassing or offensive material directed at Australian youths.
The anti-trolling legislation is being introduced in Parliament today to help fight cyber bullying.
Kids, teens and any internet users who post offensive material can also be targeted. Under the new potential laws, individuals can face a Federal Court injunction if remarks are not removed or apologies are not made upon request.
Parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher is sure that large social media services will have a strong incentive to comply with the new law now they at risk of such big fines. – Bianca Souter
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