Age assurance ‘trap’ slowing online safety

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

Debate about the workability of age verification technologies is a “trap” helping social media giants slow meaningful regulatory efforts, advocates are warning, as the federal government pours millions of dollars and many months into a trial.

At a joint committee inquiry into social media on Wednesday, civil society and digital rights groups urged the committee to recommend strong regulator-led privacy, competition and online safety reforms.

Australia’s industry-led and self-regulatory efforts for digital platforms have so far failed to adequately address harms, the groups warned, and are increasingly out of step with crackdowns in other jurisdictions.

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