Australian Law Chief Wants Defamation Rules Fixed For digital Age | News | Al Jazeera

Australia’s prime authorized officer has urged her state counterparts to redraft the nation’s defamation regulation after the Australian Excessive Court docket dominated that publishers of social media posts are responsible for readers’ feedback.

Michaelia Money, the federal lawyer common, made the attraction in a letter to her state counterparts, the Reuters information company reported on Thursday.

The letter follows a Excessive Court docket judgement final month that mentioned Australian information retailers are accountable for defamatory feedback posted by readers on their social media posts.

The ruling despatched shockwaves via the trade, pitting Fb and information organisations towards one another and spreading alarm amongst all sectors that interact with the general public through social media.

Media large CNN, which is owned by AT&T, has now blocked Australians from its Fb pages, whereas the Australian arm of British newspaper The Guardian says it has disabled feedback under most articles posted to the platform.

The ruling has added a way of urgency to Money’s evaluation of the accountability of hosts of web boards have in defamation complaints.

She is conducting the evaluation alongside together with her eight state and territory counterparts.

“I've obtained appreciable suggestions from stakeholders concerning the potential implications of the Excessive Court docket’s choice,” Money wrote in her letter.

“Whereas I chorus from commenting on the deserves of the Court docket’s choice, it's clear from stakeholder reactions … that our work to make sure that defamation regulation is fit-for-purpose within the digital age stays important.”

The evaluation would allow “nearer consideration of acceptable protections for people and organisations with social media accounts,

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