Australia orders global tech giants to report anti-child abuse measures

Big tech giants amongst organizations required to urgently report. And failing to reply could bring about heavy daily fines

Global technology giants including Apple and Facebook have been demanded to show Australian powers what they are actually doing to prevent child abuse on their networks or risk daily fines.

Australia has ordered global tech giants to show what measures they are making to deal with child abuse on their platforms or face large fines, the federal government reported on Tuesday.

Australia's eSafety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, has issued notices to Apple; Meta, which is the parent company of WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram; Microsoft, and its Skype platform; Snap; and Omegle.

The move is under the Online Safety Act 2021 and calls for the organizations to disclose how they are tackling the proliferation of child sexual exploitation content.

In the case that the companies do not respond within the timeframe, the organizations could very well face penalties of AU$555,000 every day, according to a statement from the commission. This is the first such request using the new legislation that was introduced in 2021.

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