Australian passes law on jailing social media execs for violent content on their platforms

Australian passes law on jailing social media execs for violent content on their platforms

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Australia will fine social media companies up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover and imprison executives for up to three years if violent content is not removed “expeditiously” under a new law passed by the country’s parliament on Thursday.Story continues below

The new law is in response to a lone gunman attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, killing 50 people as they attended Friday prayers.The gunman broadcasted his attack live on Facebook and it was widely shared for over an hour before being removed, a timeframe Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described as unacceptable.READ MORE: Christchurch shooting video triggers lawsuit against Facebook and YouTube by French Muslim groupAustralian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with one murder following the attack and was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges.It is now an offense in Australia for companies, such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet’s Google, which owns YouTube, not to remove any videos or photographs that show murder, torture or rape without delay.Companies must also inform Australian police within a “reasonable” timeframe.WATCH: New Zealand PM says they’ve attempted to remove video of mosque shootings

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