Big Tech should be responsible for tackling online abuse, defenders say

Proponents say Big Tech “makes a fortune” from their site and should be responsible for curbing abusive content on social media.

It ’s the federal government Troll prevention method, This will allow the social media platform to remove problematic posts and, in some situations, provide anonymous poster IDs. However, if the social media company refuses to reveal the true identity of the accused user, it will be liable for defamatory comments.

Tuesday’s anti-trolling activist and journalist Erin Moran said people could be “totally wiped out and torn into debris” by anonymous vandalism, but seek help from the social media platform itself and law enforcement agencies. He said that was “almost impossible”.

“The law never existed … social media was essentially a protected species in the space and existed for a very long time,” she said. Social Media and Online Safety Committee..

“They make huge amounts of money from these platforms … that comes with responsibility.”

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Troll prevention activist Erin Moran will explain to Congressmen on January 18, 2022 how to make social media safer. (screenshot)

She talked about some of the “horrible” abuses that scared her life and the safety of her young daughter, adding that she failed due to the reaction of the social media giant.

“”[On] Facebook, I recorded some great messages from my account, and my account continued to be recreated. I would block it and recreate it … it was trying to kill my kid in my stomach. “

“And they (Facebook) came back and said they didn’t meet the improper behavior threshold … if it didn’t meet your threshold. Hell is your threshold because it’s horrifying. “

“Looking at their business model, it feels like they’re hitting their head against a brick wall. Advertising is the biggest thing for them … 8000 accounts per person as more people sell to advertisers. I want to have. “

Criminal scholar Michael Salter told the Commission that Moran’s experience of reporting abuse to social media companies was common among victims.

“We want transparency because the ones provided by social media companies report so often about these issues … the most friendly statistics for them,” he said.

“Incorporating basic safety expectations into the platform from the beginning is not as much as we would expect from an online service provider.”

Meanwhile, child safety advocate Sonya Ryan does not want many social media platforms to work with law enforcement agencies because “privacy is more important than youth protection and safety.” Said.

Twitter said in its submission that it recognizes the need to “balance the commitment to harm and the protection of the free and secure open Internet.” But he also warned that rushing policy decisions and rushing the legal system could result in “beyond today’s headlines and being bigger than any other company.”

Meanwhile, Meta (Facebook) said it has reduced the penetration of “hate speech” content by more than half within the past year and is actively detecting more than 99% of content considered “seriously harmful.” I did.

TikTok said that between April and June 2021, more than 81 million videos were removed from the platform due to violations of the guidelines.

Of these videos, TikTok states that it identified and removed 93% within 24 hours of posting, 94.1% before users reported it, and 87.5% with zero views.

AAP contributed to this report.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]