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Twitter Spars With Australian Lawmakers Over Abusive Posts

Twitter Inc. executives sparred with a panel of Australian lawmakers investigating harmful material online and the social media platform’s measures to stem abuse.

In a virtual hearing Friday, Lucy Wicks, chair of the Australian parliament’s Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety, read out some of the abuse directed by Twitter users toward a prominent local female journalist. Wicks, a Liberal Party lawmaker, questioned how Twitter policed offensive material when so much of it remained on the platform.