Australian laws targeting terror videos on Facebook and YouTube are ‘rushed’ and ‘knee-jerk’, say lawyers and tech industry

Australia's proposed new social media laws have been heavily criticised by lawyers and the start-up industry, as well as by technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter, who say they were not meaningfully consulted.

The bill, aimed at preventing the “weaponising of social media platforms” by terrorists and criminals, is part of the political response to the Christchurch terror attack.

The massacre was livestreamed on Facebook for 17 minutes, and online platforms have struggled to remove it entirely.

The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday night with no debate or amendments, and it is expected to come before the Lower House today.

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