Australia acts to block Christchurch terrorist video access

Australia acts to block Christchurch terrorist video access

"About 93% of it is child sexual abuse material that we have taken down through other regulatory powers that we have", she said.

"This work will establish standards and provide clarity about how online platforms are protecting their users, and help deliver commitments under the Christchurch Call to implement regular and transparent public reporting in a way that is measurable and supported by clear methodology", Morrison said.

"These tend to be on what we refer to as "fringe" sites that revel in all forms of gore and violence". The new order will see that extended for a further six months with each site to be reviewed during that time.

But for the remaining 7% that does fit the nature of content covered by the bill, five takedown notices have been issued so far, three of which have been complied with, but no prosecutions have taken place thus far.

The government defended the use of the new powers, insisting that they are only used as a last resort.

The eight websites that have been blocked have not been named, likely to avoid drawing any further attention to them. "Based on data provided by the Communications Alliance, it is estimated that a direction given to the service providers who are members of the six ISPs would have the effect of blocking content to between approximately 95.5% and 96.4% of the Australian fixed and mobile internet subscriber base".

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"There wasn't a Government direction at that time".

"Australian internet service providers acted quickly and responsibly in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch in March this year to block websites that were hosting this harmful material", Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher said. Copies of the distressing 17-minute live stream circulated online after his arrest.

The ISPs asked for legal backing of their actions.

In the wake of community and political pressure following the livestreaming of the horrific terrorist attacks at Christchurch on Friday, Australian ISPs have started blocking some sites used to rehost footage of the livestream, including the infamous 8chan image board. "I don't see any public interest in making this kind of material that is created to humiliate and to incite further terrorist acts and hatred".

He also added, "We are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes, including taking action locally and globally".

The eSafety Commissioner said she is still working with those social media companies to figure out how to deal with future crises.

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