Australian government set to introduce new laws to ‘combat online misinformation’

The Australian government has announced plans to introduce new legislation that will force social media providers to hand over details on the posting of ‘harmful content’ online.

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Legislation to tackle new-age Thoughtcriminals online.

NEW LAWS ON THE WAY

The federal government plans to introduce new laws to “help reduce the spread of harmful content on social media”, it has been announced this morning.

A press release by Communications Minister Paul Fletcher details the plan to introduce legislation that will give Australia’s media watchdog more power over tech companies who fail to meet the standards of a regulated disinformation code of practice.

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.

Under the code, misinformation will be defined as false or misleading information that is likely to cause harm, while disinformation is false or misleading information that is distributed by users via spam and bots.

“Digital platforms must take responsibility for what is on their sites and take action when harmful or misleading content appears,” Mr Fletcher said.

”This is our government’s clear expectation—and just as we have backed that expectation with action in recently passing the new Online Safety Act, we are taking action when it comes to disinformation and misinformation.“

Paul Fletcher was a former Director of Optus before assuming the role as Communications Minister.

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.

AUSSIES ‘EXPOSED TO MISINFORMATION’

This new move hasn’t happened overnight.

A 2021 report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found “82 per cent of Australians had experienced misinformation about COVID-19 in the past 18 months“.

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?

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THOUGHTCRIME FORBIDDEN

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.

Fantastic.

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 anti-encryption legislation, announced an overhaul of surveillance legislation, can force IP companies to block websites, has data retention powers and more.

Not to mention the voluntary groups already established, their ‘fact-checking’ armies, and a Department of Home Affairs taskforce already established to investigate these things.

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.


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12 comments on “Australian government set to introduce new laws to ‘combat online misinformation’”

  1. I have been on this planet a long time.I do not need anyone to tell me what I should read or think.Yes, there is plenty of misinformation, disinformation and outright propaganda.I actually did a uni course on that very subject.
    Just at a guess,I think the ” Brains behind this grand idea,” Have read a little too much George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Also maybe if they got that far they read Bernays work But this I doubt.They are implementing the knowledge as a blueprint for total control.I really feel sorry for these legislators,They seem incapable of unbiased and analytical thought.Unfortunately we suffer because of them.

    1. You feel sorry for these evil satanic paedophiles???
      They should be exterminated with extreme prejudice!

  2. ‘MISINFORMATION?’ And to Think, OR Think, OR Speak, that the Federal Australian Government Of Terminologies (F.A.G.O.T), HAS, spent AU$200 Million thru the ‘Misinformation SUPREMOS’ – M.S. Media, to ‘Convince ME’, that COVID 19, is ‘SOMETHING MORE’ than a ‘Theoretical Virus!’ JUST AGHAST AM I!
    Dare I, ‘Question or Think’,& become a Social Leper? = YES PLEASE!
    Allied with M.S Media & Govt we have – THE Other Purveyors of ‘FACT’, supplying their own Bureau of BIG GREEN TICKS! The FACT CHECKERS of ;
    ‘AlternatingNetworks OfferingInstantNegatingKnowledgebase – (A.N O.I.N.K.), Walks like a pig, Talks like a Pig, squeals like a Pig, smells like a Pig, A permanent SNOUT in the Global Trough, ‘Sponsored by Wealthy Boars, & Sows without ANY ‘Gilt’ (- but only Before ‘Training’)! YES! Come on Down – SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS! @ least SELF Censoring for FREE! – Maybe!
    HOW, did we ever EXIST before, without them? – UNBIASED NOW = ERROR CODE # 404!
    NOW joining the Queue on this Mind Numbing ‘NO SPEAK A.I.’ Interfacing Gravy Train, after the WEFs latest Strategic Agenda Charade in the Ukraine, we have the Latest ‘CLUB Member’ – DuckDuckGo.
    Thank you DDG! ‘Integrity’ (loose term) LOCKSTEP! That’s me Boys & Girls, just jumped Ship! Even the RATS (NOT the other Dodgy RT-PCR Fraud ‘Test’ – Loose term), know when somethings ‘Rotten in the State of Denmark!’ = ‘Local Other’, – AND – Ukraine 2014 Parliament ‘Operations’ & to Now!’
    Wellness to All, &, the Current ‘Victims of Denmark’s OWN Forces’.

  3. Time to start keeping hard copies of everything!

    Buy physical books, cd’s, DVD’s.
    Download podcasts and documents and save them to USB… and don’t keep them attached to the computer.

    The Corbett Report has DVDs to buy of all his content including data DVD’s.

    Get off fb, Twitter, google and (now) duck duck go.

    Set up RSS feeds

    And more importantly… talk to your families about these bills and their consequences.

    Also… start stocking up on essentials… food and energy shortages coming soon

    1. Duck duck Go has been compromised during the `Canadian Trucker affair..move to Brave Browser or Presearch. Block chain privacy.

  4. So what happens to the citizen that is posting said “disinformation” after the social media company dobs them in to our Government? A week ban? A month ban? Lifetime ban? A stay in a Govt constructed re-education centre, sorry I meant wellness/resilience centre- my bad.
    Seems they could rewrite events as it is still unfolding.
    As a sign of good faith could we please have the real identities of the kiddy fiddlers that have been suppressed so we can’t spread incorrect names around? Seems fair to me.

  5. The worst news will be the best news. Time will show the vaccine injuries and the vaccine deaths. A new cohort of people devastated by the loss of their family, friends and their own health will lead to a new recognition of the truth which some of us have known all along. The innoculations are a coverup for another agenda and even if they were legit just against CV, they are more dangerous and deadly than even the manufacturers could have fathomed with their tiny testing agenda. We will be vindicated in time…It will be impossible to hush the truth

  6. Glaring us all in the face and we all must stand united in ethics, integrity, decency, truth, human rights and freedoms and for the saving of humanity from global totalitarianism, we plead with everyone that ALL ethical and honest Politicians and ALL others MUST END this Dangerous and Deadly Covid Fraud/Tyranny/Atrocity and abolish ALL vaccine mandates and all other tyrannical Government actions now and forever more.

    A cruise ship with fully vaccinated crew members and passengers docked in San Francisco on Sunday after there was a Covid outbreak on board.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/cruise-ship-fully-vaccinated-passengers-crew-members-docks-san-francisco-covid-outbreak/

    COVID Under Question: A Cross Party Inquiry – Malcolm Roberts
    https://www.malcolmrobertsqld.com.au/covid-under-question-a-cross-party-inquiry/

    22,000% Increase in Deaths following COVID Vaccines for Adults Over 50 as FDA Authorizes 2nd Booster for this Age Group |
    https://crazzfiles.com/22000-increase-in-deaths-following-covid-vaccines-for-adults-over-50-as-fda-authorizes-2nd-booster-for-this-age-group/

    1. As far as I’m concerned Diane, there is no such thing as an honest politician. All the parties and the whole system is corrupt to the core, including the minor parties like One Nation Party, National Aus. Party, Aus. Citizens Party, etc. The whole system needs to be cleansed of all the scum and restructured to prevent this evil from happening again. These filthy rich elite need to be imprisoned for there crimes against humanity and everything they’ve infected with their evil, (governments, justice system, financial system, medical system, etc.), needs to be taken down and restructured too. They’ve been planning for this ‘New World Order’ for over a hundred years now!
      If enough people stop voting it will send a clear message that we, the people, have no confidence or trust in their governance. I refuse to vote for lying evildoers that don’t give a damn about the people or life and freedom, and I know for a fact that they’re going to rig the election as they’ve done in the past!

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