MPs to compare UK and Australia online safety legislation
10 December 2021
MPs will examine what the UK can learn from Australia’s Online Safety Act in the fourth session of the DCMS Sub-Committee's inquiry into Online safety and online harms.
- Parliament TV: Watch the session live
- Inquiry: Online safety and online harms
- Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-Committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Purpose of the session
The Sub-Committee is likely to consider how aspects of the Australian legislation, such as the exemptions given to journalists, capacity to fine individual trolls, and prominence given to violence against women and girls, can inform the upcoming UK Online Safety Bill.
The Committee is also expected to explore the Australian parliament’s News Media Bargaining Code, which attempted to ensure large technology companies pay local news outlets to publish or link their content. MPs may consider what Meta’s (then Facebook’s) response says about the company’s attitude towards online safety and what that means for any similar legislation in the UK.
Tuesday 14 December 2021
- Julie Inman Grant, Australian eSafety Commissioner