Social Media sites face $17k fine for hosting bullies

SOCIAL media pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will soon face fines of up to $17,000 as part of the Governments new move to tackle cyber-bullying.

The Government will this morning introduce a bill into Parliament to order large social media services and individuals to remove offensive material posted online.

Research previously released by the government has shown one in five children are victims of online bullying and classroom teachers are reporting that an increasing amount of their time is being spent dealing with online bullies.


The anti trolling legislation will issue $17,000 fines to large social media companies that repeatedly fail to take down harmful cyber bullying material targeting a child and individuals face legal action under existing criminal laws. 

The new legislation aims to encourage positive social norms for online behaviour.