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Parliamentary inquiry to go down the rabbit hole in crackdown on Big Tech

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A parliamentary Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety has been announced as the government makes further moves to make tech companies responsible for policing harmful content.

Erin Molan, Adam Goodes and Tayla Harris and are among the high profile people subjected to vicious online abuse expected to testify to the inquiry.

However, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told Jim Wilson everyday Australians are encouraged to give evidence to the inquiry too.

“It’s going to be giving Australians – parents, families – the opportunity to come forward and talk about their concerns, and let us see if there are other things we need to do.”

In addition to cracking down on menacing, harassing and offensive material, the inquiry will also investigate the algorithms used by social media platforms to recommend content.

“The worry is that kids get taken down a rabbit hole of increasingly harmful content.

“It might be stuff about dieting, that is very dangerous for … an anorexic teenage girl.”

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