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Law passed to crack down on social media

The parliament has passed new laws to crack down on social media after the Christchurch shootings.

Under the legislation, social media executives could be jailed for up to three years, or fined 10 per cent of their global turnover, if they don’t remove the content within a reasonable period of time.

There are concerns the bill lacks clarity, with some arguing the broad definition would include job sites and dating sites.

Atlassian Co-Founder Mike Cannon Brookes tells Ross Greenwood there are “a lot of holes”.

“If your job is to pass really good laws you can’t do that in a rushed way that doesn’t solve the problem.”

“There’s a lot of parts…of the bill that even the liberals that have passed it said yeah we don’t agree and we’re going to fix it later.

“Things on social media.. have been shared that have highlighted human rights abuses that may include some of these crimes… they would also get caught up in this.”

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