An Australian Government review into online safety has blamed trolls and internet harassment on Big Tech companies for not enforcing their own rules properly.


This article by Courtney Gould and Duncan Murray make the following points:
  • While the committee made no specific recommendations on an anti-trolling bill currently under discussion, it did suggest considering government mandates for platform transparency.
  • Committee Chair, Lucy Wicks, said that for too long social media platforms have been able to ‘set the rules’, enabling the proliferation of online abuse.
  • The committee suggested mandating that social media profiles of people under 18 years of age be set to the highest privacy setting as a default.
  • The findings come amid an increasingly heated debate over proposed anti-trolling legislation, currently being considered by a Senate inquiry.