eSafety worried proposed anti-trolling laws may be used in vigilante-style justice

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant has criticised the federal government’s proposed anti-trolling legislation, outlining that it may be misused due to the lack of elements explicitly preventing cyberbullying and online abuse.

“I think [the anti-trolling Bill] can lend itself to a lot of retaliation, a lot of vigilante-style justice,” Inman Grant said, who was reappointed into the eSafety commissioner post a fortnight ago.

“I do worry about what that would mean in terms of giving individuals that kind of information, and that might be an IP address, or MAC address, or a device ID that the everyday person can’t do much with.”

Inman Grant made these comments before the Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety, which was set up by the federal government late last year with the intention of building on the proposed anti-trolling laws.

In explaining her concerns, Inman Grant said the Bill does not contain a single element addressing “trolls”, with the proposed legislation being focused on defamation.

In the leadup to the Bill’s exposure draft being released, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the proposed laws would be used to reduce online abuse and ultimately “unmask anonymous online trolls”.

“There is no place

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