Govt rejects foreign interference regime for social media

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

Australia won’t follow the US in forcing TikTok to be sold off from its Chinese parent company or implement new rules to curb foreign interference and misinformation on social media, despite both being recommended by a Senate committee almost a year ago.

A new government response has ruled out the measures, saying the Albanese government will instead focus on its own policies to manage the video sharing giant’s data risks and the spread of misinformation online, while a wider crackdown on foreign interference is implemented.

The government’s agenda will see the technology sector pulled further into foreign interference defences, but does not address a “gaping hole” in cyber and social media threats, the opposition said.

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