Proposed Bill to crack down on the Social Media Giants censoring political speech
Independent Member for Hughes, Craig Kelly plans to introduce a Bill in the Australian Federal Parliament to crack down on the market power of the foreign controlled social-media giants and their unilateral censorship of political speech.
Overnight the Florida Senate in the USA passed such a Bill and this gives the Australian Parliament a template to adopt here.
The Florida bill, in part, bars social-media companies from removing political candidates from the companies’ platforms. Companies that violate the prohibition could face fines of up to $100,000 a day.
Member for Hughes Craig Kelly said;
“The ever increasing market power of the foreign controlled social-media giants and their ability to censor political speech is an immediate and direct threat to our democracy.”
“We have seen in Australia Facebook acting as a bully, and self-appointed censor, that believes they are above the law and are the arbiters of truth.”
“Governor De Santis of Florida has acted to hold these social-media giants to account. Australia needs to do the same.
‘I look forward to at least one other member of the Australian House of Representatives being prepared to stand up and be a ‘seconder’ for this Bill, which will enabling me to introduce it on the floor of Parliament in the next session.