Australia Could Jail Social Media Execs for Showing Violence

The conservative government introduced the bills in response to the mosque attacks in Christchurch.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic world could have unforeseen consequences, including media censorship and reduced investment in Australia. The conservative government introduced the bills in response to the March 15 attacks in Christchurch in which an…

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