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.