Digital giants must take rap for online comments

Original article by Hugh Marks
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 39 : 3-Jul-19

Australian media companies receive little or no revenue from making their content available via digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. However, a recent court ruling means local media companies can be held liable for defamatory comments that are posted on their Facebook pages. At the same time, Facebook’s terms of use do not allow media companies to turn off comments. The federal government needs to take action regarding the issue of control over media content on digital platforms; it must also clarify who is liable for defamatory comments that are posted on such platforms.

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