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Australia introduces ‘anti-troll’ law; allows social media users to sue bullies

Aussie Prime Minister in a press conference said, "Social media can too often be a cowards' palace, where the anonymous can bully, harass and ruin lives without consequence".

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Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced anti-trolling legislation Sunday— intended to hold social media giants accountable by forcing them to reveal the identity of anonymous online bullies who post defamatory material.

The announcement follows a September ruling by Australia's highest court that found publishers can be held liable for public comments in online forums.

Aussie Prime Minister in a press conference said, "Social media can too often be a cowards' palace, where the anonymous can bully, harass and ruin lives without consequence".

Morrison further added, "We would not accept these faceless attacks in a school, at home, in the office, or on the street. And we must not stand for it online, on our devices and in our homes”.

“Social media companies have created the space and they need to make it safe, and if they won't, we will make them," Scott Morrison said. 

"Anonymous trolls are on notice, you will be named and held to account for what you say. Big tech companies are on notice, remove the shield of anonymity or be held to account for what you publish," he added. 

He further stressed that, "The online world should not be a wild west where bots and bigots and trolls and others are anonymously going around and can harm people".

The New Legislation

As per an official statement, “The new laws will ensure social media companies are considered publishers and can be held liable for defamatory comments posted on their platforms”.

The rules will establish a complaints system that "ensures defamatory remarks can be removed." 

This allows a person facing online defamation, attacks or bullying to ask the social media platform to take the material down.

If the content is not withdrawn, the law allows for a court order requiring social media platforms to provide details "identifying details of trolls to victims, without consent, which will then enable a defamation case to be lodged".

Before the law comes into force, a draft of the legislation will be released to allow the public to comment.

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PM appreciates Putin, discusses bilateral cooperation

Imran Khan said he looks forward to President Putin's visit to Pakistan as well as his own visit to Russia at an appropriate time.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appreciated Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) does not count as an expression of artistic freedom but is a violation of religious freedom.

In a telephonic conversation with the Russian President, the Prime Minister said he has been regularly highlighted the appalling rise in Islamophobia and associated hatred in his addresses to the UN General Assembly, pointing towards its serious ramifications. 

The Prime Minister underscored that Pakistan's bilateral relationship with Russia is on an upward trajectory, with an increased focus on trade and economic ties and energy cooperation.

He reiterated the government's resolve for early realization of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

Both leaders agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in different areas, increase high-level exchanges, and remain in close contact on matters relating to Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is pivotal for regional stability.

He said Afghanistan is facing dire humanitarian and economic challenges and support of the international community to the people of Afghanistan at this critical juncture remained vitally important.

The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of release of Afghanistan's financial assets for addressing the dire needs of the Afghan people.

Imran Khan said he looks forward to President Putin's visit to Pakistan as well as his own visit to Russia at an appropriate time.

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PM's use of religion as 'cover-up' for economic, governance breakdown a matter of concern: Shehbaz

The PML-N leader's criticism came hours after an article written by the premier titled 'Spirit of Riyasat-i-Madina: Transforming Pakistan'

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PM's use of religion as 'cover-up' for economic, governance breakdown a matter of concern: Shehbaz

PML-N president and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif Monday said he was "really concerned" with the way Prime Minister Imran Khan was "using religion as a cover-up for the massive governance and economic breakdown" in the country, which he attributed to the latter's policies.

"Such a self-serving approach will wreak greater damage upon the polity than is being understood," he said on Twitter.

Shehbaz's criticism came hours after an article penned by the premier titled 'Spirit of Riyasat-i-Madina: Transforming Pakistan' was published in which he talked about the five basic tenets of Islam and how, in order for the country to realise its potential, society will have to struggle to embody these principles as a nation.

 

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Twitter expands feature that allows users to flag misleading content

The feature was first tested in the United States, Australia and South Korea

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Twitter said on Monday it will expand its test feature which allows users to flag misleading content on its social media platform to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines.

The company had introduced the pilot test of the feature in August last year, as a part of its effort to reduce misinformation on its platform.

It was first tested in the United States, Australia and South Korea.

Since it was first announced, Twitter said it has received around 3 million reports from users who have used it to flag tweets which they believe are in violation of its policies.

The social media giant last year launched another program called Birdwatch, which lets participants write notes and provide additional context to misleading tweets, though those notes are held on a separate website.

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