Australia debates tougher online bullying laws

Australia debates tougher online bullying laws

Australia debates tougher online bullying laws

Updated 10 September 2012, 22:12 AEST

A social media debate is starting to get some traction in Australia about so-called Trolls who post abusive and offensive material online,  and whether anything can be done to stop it.

The issue came to a head after the hospitalisation of television personality Charlotte Dawson, apparently after being bullied online.

Today an Australian rugby league star has called for greater regulation after receiving an online slur over the weekend.
 
The New South Wales Government weighed in this afternoon and now the Australian Attorney-General's Department says Twitter should reveal identities of anonymous trolls and co-operate with police.
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: Julie Posetti, a social media and journalism expert based at the University of Canberra
 

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