Ban social media platforms that fail transparency tests: Senate inquiry

The federal government should be handed powers to ban social media providers from operating in Australia if they repeatedly fail to meet minimum transparency requirements, a bipartisan senate committee has found.

This finding is contained in Foreign Interference through Social Media inquiry report, which also urged the government to consider extending its ban of TikTok to devices issued by government contractors and some critical infrastructure operators.

The report, released late on Tuesday afternoon, made the recommendations after hearing that a blanket ban would do little to address systemic risks posed by specific platforms like TikTok and WeChat, which are owned by companies headquartered in China.

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