As tensions rise between the online safety watchdog, federal politicians, and social media giant X, the government is taking Australians’ opinions on generative artificial intelligence and internet hate speech into consideration. Former deputy chair of the consumer watchdog Delia Rickard is conducting an independent review of the Online Safety Act, which aims to protect Australians from harm caused by the internet, to see if it should remain as is or if its scope should be expanded to include new and emerging risks. Penalties, the eSafety Commissioner’s authority, whether digital platforms owe their users a duty of care, and the additional measures necessary to act in the best interests of children will all be closely examined.

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