Australia declares war on ‘trolls’

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The Australian government will introduce a new legislation to force social media companies “unmask” anonymous users who post offensive comments, or make them pay defamation fines if they are unable or refuse to do so.

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The new initiative seeks to define social media giants as publishers, making them responsible for the user-generated content on their platforms, as well as introduce special mechanisms through which anyone can file a complaint and demand a post takedown if they think they are being defamed, bullied or harassed, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced during a televised press briefing on Sunday.

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