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Social Media Firms ‘On the Hook’ Under New Aussie Defamation Law

  • Prime Minister Morrison proposes legislation to unmask trolls
  • Companies such as Meta, Twitter will need to reveal identities

Social media platforms will be required to reveal the identities of anonymous online trolls or face making defamation payouts under new legislation proposed by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

People who believe they have been defamed online will be able to get court orders directing online giants such as Twitter Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc., the company formerly known as Facebook, to identify the individuals responsible for posts, Morrison said at a press conference Sunday. If the social media platforms fail to do so, they will have to pay defamation costs.