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Australia and Singapore crackdown on online media with new laws

Australia said it will legislate "tough" new laws to prevent social-media platforms from being "weaponized" by terrorists and extremists who may use them to live-stream violent crimes

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Governments in the Asia Pacific region are accelerating efforts to fight malicious use of online media, unveiling laws that make it easier to target websites which enable distribution of criminal or fraudulent content.

Australia said it will legislate “tough” new laws to prevent social-media platforms from being “weaponized” by terrorists and extremists who may use them to live-stream violent crimes, such as this month’s terror attack in New Zealand. Singapore said it will introduce a law to halt the spread of “fake news.”

Facebook Inc. came under sharp criticism for not taking down a video in which the alleged gunman killed 50 people

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 6:49 PM IST

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