Posted April 14, 2020 06:20:37Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are banned by the Australian Government from posting content that is considered to be divisive, including content that promotes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and hatred.
The rules, which were introduced by the Turnbull Government last year, mean that Twitter, which has more than 2.4 billion monthly users in Australia, is now banned from publishing posts with the word “Trump” or “Trumpism” in them.
“These are the very words that are used to incite and incite hatred and racism, which can be seen in the actions of some of the people who are protesting the election,” Minister for Communications and Media Kevin Andrews told Sky News on Monday.
“The words that we have chosen to exclude are not words that reflect our values.
They are words that represent a very dangerous brand of politics that has no place in Australia.”
It is unclear how many of these posts were posted by Twitter users, but Andrews said that they were the most common and that the Government was looking at banning them.
Twitter users were not happy with the news, with some tweeting to Andrews that the company was “in the pocket of the KKK” and “in league with the far right”.
The ban comes as Twitter has been embroiled in a scandal surrounding accounts linked to former New Zealand prime minister John Key, including one that posted links to Trump’s presidential campaign, which was subsequently deleted.
Key’s account was also suspended for sharing the hashtag #IStandWithJK, which had been trending on the platform during the campaign.
But Twitter has since said it removed the tweet, which it says was a mistake.
“We are working with the New Zealand Government to review how we communicate and enforce our policies to protect free speech and ensure that we do not inadvertently facilitate or support extremist groups,” a Twitter spokesperson said.
“In the meantime, we will work with New Zealand authorities to ensure that they have a full understanding of the policy and we are confident they will fully comply with the law.”
Andrews said the Government wanted to “stop people inciting hatred” by using “a clear, specific and clearly-worded ban”.
“There are many people who have already been charged under the laws, many people that we are removing from Twitter,” he said.
He said that the ban would “protect the Australian public from these hate groups that are using Twitter to incite hatred”.
“The Government wants to stop people inciting hate,” Andrews said.
“It is a very simple process, it’s simple.
You simply tell us, what’s in your head and then we take action.”
It’s very simple and it’s the right thing to do.