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SOCIAL media giant executives could be jailed and their companies fined billions of pounds if they fail to quickly take down violent and terror-related content.
Australia could become the first country to introduce prison terms and fines if firms fail to speedily remove terror videos like the Christchurch massacre live-stream.
Prime - Minister - Scott - Morrison - Bill
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to introduce the new bill to Parliament next week after the slaughter of 50 people at two mosques was broadcast live on Facebook.
The proposed new laws would cover "abhorrent violent material", such as videos that showed terrorist attacks, murders or rapes.
Government - Sets - Offences - Code
The Australian government will seek to put two new sets of offences in the criminal code.
It will be a criminal offence for social media platforms, which as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, not to remove abhorrent violent material quickly.
Speed - Removal - Jury
The speed of the removal would be determined by a jury.
This would be punishable by three years in jail for Australian or overseas executives or fines that can reach up to 10 per cent of the platform’s global annual turnover.
Google - Parent - Company - Revenue - US136
Google's parent company enjoyed revenue of $US136.8 billion (£104.88) during 2018, meaning technology companies could be liable for billions of pounds if successfully prosecuted.
Platforms anywhere in the world must notify the Australian Federal Police if they become aware their service is streaming abhorrent violent conduct that is happening in Australia.
Laws - ESafety - Commissioner - Power - Notices
The laws will also give the eSafety Commissioner the power to issue notices that bring this type of material to the attention of the social media companies.
As soon as they receive that type of notice, the companies will be deemed to be aware of the material and the clock starts...
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