Social media afflicted political discourse, meaning: Australian Prime Minister

According to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, political discourse has become more “bitter” and “nasty” by changing the way people interact with each other through social media.

“I think social media is a real problem in our society. It has its advantages, and there is no doubt about it, but as a government, it’s a major social media to take more responsibility. That’s one of the reasons we’re trying to take on a company, “he said. 2SM radio “But I’m worried that the role of social media will undermine the politeness of our society, but especially with regard to its impact on young people with mental health.”

“Political debates in this country have become more bitter and more meaningful.”

The Morrison administration has extensively campaigned for major tech giants to regulate the platform to curb online abuse and bullying.

Extensive online safety legislation passed in 2021 gives Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant new authority to enforce the risk of removing “serious harmful content” or fines for social media companies. .. In addition, individuals can report content that they find harmful to the commissioner.

“This plan is not intended to regulate hurt feelings, purely bad reputation, bad online reviews, strong opinions and jokes,” Grant said in a statement. “Serious harm can pose a real threat, actually endanger people, be overly malicious, or be relentless.”

At the time, Joel Fitzgibbon, a backbencher of retired workers, doubted the validity of the law.

“The impact of bullying on the playground is immediate wherever it happens, but in the playground you are kicked out of the playground,” he said. “This isn’t about getting someone out of social media. I don’t know if it’s legally or technically possible.”

The prime minister said he would promote the social media platform to take responsibility for damaging anonymous content if he was reelected.

“There are a lot of people trolling and abusing people on social media, but no one knows who they are, so they just get over it,” Morrison said.

“If you send someone to your radio station and abuse someone … your radio station will be responsible,” he told 2SM host John Loews.

Daniel Y. Ten


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