New anti-bullying scheme targets Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

The Children’s eSafety Commissioner has announced that social media sites Facebook, Instagram and YouTube will have to remove serious cyberbullying material or be willing to face an $18,000 fine.

The sites will have within 48 hours of being notified to remove the bullying material or will face a hefty fine for failing to comply.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield also revealed that more than 600 child cyberbullying victims were referred to the Kids Helpline in July and August alone.


“One in five kids in Australia in a year might be subject to cyberbullying of some sort so it’s good there’s a place where kids and family can go to when material on those sites needs to be taken down,” he said.