The new laws, which are expected to be introduced to parliament later this year, will make it easier for the government to decide what type of practices will be needed to tackle the issue of ‘misinformation’.
It seems unlikely this push will change with a government switch.
The move comes as the world’s most powerful tech companies try to combat what they say is a ‘deluge of misinformation and disinformation’ about the coronavirus pandemic.. and now the war in Ukraine online.
This new move hasn’t happened overnight.
Following this report, the lobby group of the tech sector, DIGI, introduced a voluntary code of practice on disinformation and misinformation.
The voluntary code was established at the request of the federal government following the release of an inquiry into the market power of digital platforms.
DIGI members Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and viral video site TikTok have signed up to the code, which requires them to tell users what measures they have in place to stop the spread of misinformation on their services and provide annual ‘transparency’ reports detailing their efforts.
This is the reason you see so many flags and notices on social media.
DIGI attempted to strengthen the voluntary code in October by forming an independent board to police its guidelines and handle complaints that are deemed a “material breach”.
Now, the government hopes to introduce these practices in Parliament by the end of 2022.
The government says despite the code, websites such as Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter have been ‘filled with harmful content about the coronavirus pandemic and more recently the Russian invasion of Ukraine’.
So they have to step in and fix this once and for all.
The Australian government, or the Ministry of Truth?
Paul Fletcher issued a warning to the social media platforms earlier this month, urging them to immediately remove Russian state media content over concerns they were ‘facilitating the spread of disinformation and promoting violence over the invasion of Ukraine’.
An entire country has had their media purged, and in turn, Russia has purged access to the outside world.
This is how quick information can be shut down in 2022, and that is the concerning element.
Look at how quickly access to information on both sides has disappeared.
Regardless of what is happening, or who is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, information should be available to all citizens to make their own informed perspective. Not for bureaucrats to decide what is ‘true’ or ‘false’.
Could this legislation potentially lead to a similar situation happening in Australia?
Under the new laws, the press release states that ACMA will be given
information-gathering powers that will allow it to legally request tech platforms such as Meta (formerly Facebook), Google and Twitter to hand over information about content and of users that post it.
ACMA says this will help them ‘obtain data on complaints handling, issues they are acting on and engagement with harmful content’.
‘Harmful’ no longer means graphic or violent, it has become a broad definition relating to psychology which allows authorities to become the controllers of ‘what it true’ in textbook Orwellian style.
ACMA says a Misinformation and Disinformation Action Group – made up of stakeholders across government and the private sector – will also be established.
Nerida O’Loughlin, ACMA chairman, said there was more to be done to ‘ensure disinformation and misinformation’ did not spread online.
“In coming months the ACMA will focus on testing whether the self-regulatory arrangements put in
place by the industry are effective or whether further actions are needed,” Ms O’Loughlin said.
This is despite the fact the government has passed
, announced an anti-encryption legislation , can overhaul of surveillance legislation , has force IP companies to block websites and more. data retention powers
Not to mention the voluntary groups already established, their ‘fact-checking’ armies, and a
already established to investigate these things. Department of Home Affairs taskforce
Is this not enough already?
Of course not.
Thoughtcriminals will not be tolerated in the Brave New World Order.
Not only that, they will be stamped out.
You will not have a digital presence. Your opinions have led to you becoming ‘unpersoned’.
A good thing your social credit score will stop you from committing more heinous thoughtcrimes.
2 + 2 = 5, citizen.
2 thoughts on “Australian government set to introduce new laws to ‘combat online misinformation’”
“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.” George Orwell.
The Government has relabelled Truth as misinformation.
By doing so the truth becomes the lie and its replacement will become the truth. I am sure they have reams of replacements to suit the agenda.
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