Posted: 29 October, 2014
by Web Guy Josh
Is This The End Of Social Media Trolls?
Internet trolls risk being referred to the police with the Federal Government set to finally tackle cyberbulling head-on.
Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher says new cyberbullying laws will go to parliament before the end of the year.
Under the scheme, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be put on a two-step monitoring system, which allows the companies to voluntarily address internet trolling otherwise face civil penalties.
As part of the new laws, an e-Safety Commissioner will have the power to issue notices to online bullies to remove offensive posts, or face court injunctions or police referrals.
“This legislation will establish the Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner and will lay out the mechanism for effective complaints system, backed by legislation to get cyber-bullying material targeted at and harmful to an Australian child, down quickly from large social media sites,” Mr Fletcher said.
Cassie Whitehall, who started Chloe’s Law after sadly losing her sister Chloe Fergusson to cyberbullying, says “it’s a really good first step,” but she would like to see the creation of new criminal offences for internet trolling, as the UK and New Zealand have already done.
The CEO of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Dr Judith Slocombe, has also praised the move as “an important step” to keeping kids safe online.
“It is important that children have the opportunity to reap the benefits that access to the internet brings, but also important as a community that we keep them safe,” she said.
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