Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Parents in Hinkler encouraged to have their say in big tech inquiry

Submissions are now open for Australians to have their say on the toxic material on social media platforms and the dangers this poses to the well-being of Australian children.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt encouraged Australians to make a submission to the inquiry if they had concerns around the behaviour of big tech.

“Mums and dads in Hinkler are rightly concerned about whether social media companies are doing enough to keep their kids safe online,” Mr Pitt said.

“The House Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety wants to hear from all Australians – parents, teachers, small businesses and more – about their experiences with big tech, and what needs to change.”

The inquiry builds on the world-leading legislation the Coalition Government announced to unmask anonymous online trolls Australian.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said this inquiry will give organisations and individuals an opportunity to air their concerns, and for big tech to account for its own conduct.

“Australia has led the world in regulating social media, establishing the world’s first dedicated online safety watchdog in 2015. In June this year we passed the tough new Online Safety Act which will give our eSafety Commissioner even stronger powers to direct the removal of online abuse,” Minister Fletcher said.

“So this inquiry will be a very important opportunity to examine the practices of these companies—and whether more needs to be done.”

Submissions to the committee will close on 12 January 2022. For more information and to make a submission visit: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Social_Media_and_Online_Safety/SocialMediaandSafety

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