Australia to block websites that host or publish extremist contents during crisis events

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Australian authorities introduced Sunday it can block entry to websites that publish terrorist materials during crisis events, Reuters reported. Australia additional mentioned it can take into account laws to pressure digital platforms to enhance the protection of their companies.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who’s at the moment in France to be a part of the G7 leaders’ discussion board, mentioned the federal government meant to stop extremists from exploiting digital platforms to submit extraordinarily violent content material.

“We are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes,” he mentioned in a press release.

Following the Christchurch bloodbath in March, the place 50 worshippers have been killed in separate New Zealand mosques assaults, Australia and New Zealand have elevated scrutiny of websites and social media firms.

The terrorist assault in March was livestreamed on Facebook by alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant.

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Following the incident, Australian authorities mentioned it will set up a 24/7 Crisis Coordination Centre to block domains internet hosting extremist contents. Australia’s eSafety Commissioner would decide on a case-by-case foundation what must be censored, and was working with trade on preparations to rapidly block entry during an assault.

Tech giants together with Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter, together with Telstra, Vodafone, TPG and Optus are anticipated to present particulars to the federal government by the tip of subsequent month on how they’ll perform the suggestions.

The authorities didn’t say which legislative choices might be used if digital platforms fail to enhance security.