Middot, Prime Minister of Australia; Scott Morrison is pushing for new libel laws,Would force online platforms to reveal trolls or face hefty fines.As explained by ABC News Australia, these laws would hold social platforms such as Facebook or Twitter responsible for defamatory comments directed at users.
A Troll is Internet slang for a person who tries to provoke or provoke others by Posting inflammatory, objectionable, or destructive comments in an attempt to deflect attention and disrupt online discussion. Platforms will also have to set up a complaint system that people can use to defend themselves if they feel they have been the victim of defamation. As part of this process, people who post potentially defamatory material will be asked to remove it. But if they refuse, or if the victim is interested in taking legal action, the platform can legally ask the poster for permission to reveal their contact information.
What if the platform can't get the consent of the poster? The laws will introduce "end User disclosure orders", giving tech giants the ability to reveal users' identities without their permission.If the platform cannot determine the identity of the defamer for any reason or if the platform flatly refuses, the company will have to pay the defamer for his or her defamatory comments. Since the law is aimed at Australia, it appears that social networks do not need to identify slanderers based in other countries.
"The online world should not be a wild West where robots, bigots and trolls and others roam anonymously and can harm people," Morrison said in a press release. " That's not something that can happen in the real world, and there's no reason for it to happen in the digital world."