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Online Safety Act review to clamp down on social media hate speech

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The eSafety commissioner can demand answers from social media companies about whether it complies with government rules for the industry.

In October, the eSafety commissioner fined X more than $600,000 for failing to explain how it combats child abuse, amid revelations that the social media platform has scaled back efforts to detect illegal material after billionaire Elon Musk will buy it.

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eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant said the new rules would help force the tech sector to “act now to embed user safety and remove hate, pro-terror content and abusive material child sexually from their platforms.”

“These measures will help us shed light on what companies are doing – and more importantly, what they’re not doing – to keep Australians safer on their platforms, and ultimately raise their safety standards, policies and practices,” he said.


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