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Australia To Criminalize Failure To Remove Violent Content From Internet Platforms

The bill that passed on Thursday is intended to hold companies responsible for videos and audio such as the livestream of two mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Australia's parliament has passed new legislation to criminalize Internet platforms for failing to remove violent videos and audio, after an Australian gunman livestreamed himself shooting worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Under the new legislation, social media executives — among other online content or hosting providers — could be imprisoned for up to three years and companies could face penalties of up

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