AUSTRALIA MAKE PUBLISHERS LIBEL

dunce

Australia’s High Court made publishers liable for comments posted by readers on their public comments sections. Due to spam the site has long ago abandoned comments etc.

Given this law I can see Australian users being denied access to many social media sites galore.

Lawmakers have been pressured by lobbyists so badly that civil rights are now a joke. The legislation takes things back to the dark ages when blasphemy was a crime etc,

The High Court ruled on a complaint from a man whose stay in juvenile detention had led to hostile comments on Facebook pages run by Australian newspapers. The judges upheld a lower-court ruling, writing that “the acts of the appellants in facilitating, encouraging, and thereby assisting the posting of comments by the third-party Facebook users rendered them publishers of those comments.”

So much for a free press and so much for free speech. I can see Australian media become dark and undesirable. Remember democracy dies in darkness.