Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called social media a “castle of cowards” and warned that digital platforms such as Facebook should be held accountable for defamatory comments posted anonymously.
Anonymous commentators who use social media to defame and bully have become the latest battleground between the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the American tech giants. The government wants social media users to identify themselves.
Morrison said platforms that do not reveal the identities of people who publish defamatory comments should be held accountable for those comments.
“Cowards who go on social media anonymously and defame people, and harass them, and harass them, and engage in defamatory statements, are responsible for what they say,” Morrison said. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. “
He added, “Social media has become a palace of cowards where people can only go where they can’t say who they are, ruin people’s lives and tell people extremely offensive and offensive things, and so on. Sorry. “
His comments come as Australian state and regional governments rush to rewrite their defamation laws after the High Court set a precedent for the Internet age and ruled that third-party The media can be blamed for defamatory comments posted on Facebook pages.
The court did not rule on whether Facebook was also responsible because the platform was not being sued.
An example of this applies to administrators of all Facebook pages, including governments. The Tasmanian state government has blocked comments on its social media sites, and the American news organization CNN has removed Australians from its Facebook page.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said Wednesday that a national review of defamation laws could potentially examine whether Facebook should be held accountable for users’ posts.
Morrison said the need for platforms to identify observers was a sign that his government was “even more inclined”.