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Event wrap-up: Live streaming and the law, managing risk on social media

29 Jul 2019

In early July, we held an invitation-only breakfast for some of our members and with experts on social media and Australian law.

We discussed recent changes to Australian law relating to the sharing of violent abhorrent material online and what it means for social media managers across the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Parliament passed amendments swiftly in response to the live-streaming of the Christchurch terror attack, however some legal advocates have suggested the broad legislation could have serious unintended consequences. 

We also discussed the recent ruling that media outlets can be held liable for readers’ Facebook comments, and what this means for online community managers and social media moderators.

It is more critical than ever that we have policies and processes in place to ensure moderators know what content needs to be hidden or removed and have the confidence to take quick action when needed.

Special thanks to Alison Michalk, CEO at Quiip, for coming along to share her online community management and moderation expertise.

Further reading

Here’s a link to some readings on the topic, so you can get up to speed on the issue and what it means for online community managers:

FAQ: Australia’s new ‘abhorrent violent material’ laws – Computerworld

Australian government pushes through expansive new legislation targeting abhorrent violent material online – Ashurst Lawyers

Australia’s New Social Media Law Is a Mess – Lawfare Blog

Former detainee Dylan Voller gets court win against media giants over Facebook comments – ABC News

Media outlets found liable for readers’ Facebook comments in first round of landmark Dylan Voller defamation case – Mumbrella

After defamation ruling, it’s time Facebook provided better moderation tools– The Conversation

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