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Barnaby Joyce urges crackdown on social media misinformation as defamation changes mooted

Australia’s deputy PM says giants ‘make billions’ but ‘don’t own responsibility for what’s happening on their platforms’

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has called for a crackdown on at the same time the federal is canvassing legal changes to reduce internet giants’ and publishers’ liability for comments on social media posts.

On Thursday the deputy prime minister said it was “absolutely essential” to do more to crack down on misinformation, suggesting he will seek input into US congressional hearings into social media giants and lobby against user anonymity.

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