And, it bears mention that content on technology policy, politics, and law that preceded the Wavelength can be found on my blog.
A report issued this week presages Australia tightening regulation of social media platforms with respect to misinformation and disinformation. At present, a government fostered code of conduct for large digital platforms that is voluntary governs misinformation and disinformation. The report has found problems with the industry developed and operated code and is asking the government for more power to regulate digital platforms on a modest scale that would put more muscle into the current framework.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its report “A report to government on the adequacy of digital platforms’ disinformation and news quality measures” as part of its duties in the government’s larger ongoing examination of digital markets. In conjunction with the report, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher MP vowedthat “[t]he Morrison Government will introduce legislation this year to combat harmful disinformation and misinformation online…[that] will provide the ACMA with new regulatory powers to hold big tech companies to account for harmful content on their platforms.” He added that “[t]he Government will consult on the scope of the new powers in the coming weeks ahead of introducing legislation into the Parliament in the second half of 2022.”
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