Australia plans world’s first law to tackle online bullies

Australia is planning the world’s first law to tackle online bullying and online defamatory content. This comes after the country’s highest court ruled that publishers could be held liable for online bullying or defamatory content. The law will create a…

Australia plans world's first law to tackle online bullies

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Australia is planning the world’s first law to tackle online bullying and online defamatory content. This comes after the country’s highest court ruled that publishers could be held liable for online bullying or defamatory content. The law will create a mechanism in which a social media user can report online bullying and the company may be held liable for defamatory content on their site. This will likely have repercussions on the functioning of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms in the southern country. Australian PM Scott Morrison also said that ‘Bots, bigots and trolls can’t be allowed.’ The question that is raised by this development is should other countries follow suit? Pawan Duggal, a cyber-expert weighs in on the matter.

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