A video from April 2021 suggesting a form of social credit for logging into social media in Australia is currently being shared online.
Question asked by Jo on December 13
A video from an Australian television news is shared on social networks in France and abroad to affirm that in Australia, “social credit [est] introduced to access the Internet, via your digital ID. Citizens need 100 identification points to use the [réseaux] social media and the police will have access to your accounts, including private messaging».
These images are not recent since they are taken from a topic broadcast on April 1, 2021 by news channel 9 News Australia. Presenter Leila McKinnon says that“a radical plan to combat social media abuse is being considered by the federal government”. Then his colleague Oliver Haig details that “essentially, [le plan] will work the same way as a passport. Australians will be required to show 100 points of identification, along with their driving license or passport, when using social media or their accounts on Facebook and Twitter. And now the police will have access to these social media accounts. This measure is part of the fight against online abuse. Users may be subject to prosecution for defamation, or even criminal prosecution. It’s all part of a plan to deter people from engaging in bad behavior. [en ligne]. The recommendations were made by a federal parliamentary inquiry. Their reforms are being considered by the Morrison government, the President having declared that it is important to remove the infamous character of anonymity”.
First of all, there is no question here of a social credit as in China, which would prohibit access to certain sites for people who do not have a good score or who would have lost points for bad behavior . In Australia, each identity document has a points value (a valid passport or birth certificate is worth 70 points, a student card is worth 40 points) and it is therefore necessary to present several of them for certain services. The notion of 100 points of identification refers to the Australian identity documentation system. For example, to open a bank account in Australia, a person must present the equivalent of 100 points.
As reported by on-air reporters, the idea of providing 100 points of identification and presentation of ID required to log in to social media was a proposal by an Australian parliamentary task force presented in April 2021. Text available online suggested in its thirtieth recommendation that “to open or maintain an account on an existing social network, users should be required by law to identify themselves to a platform using 100 points of identification, in the same way that a person must provide identification for a mobile phone account, or to purchase a mobile SIM card” and “social media platforms must provide these credentials when requested by the Electronic Security Commissioner, law enforcement or a court”.
Law against trolling
However this idea never made it into the social media bill (anti-trolling) of 2022, which has never been voted on. Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, from the Liberal Party, had plans to pass an anti-internet trolling law to allow Australians to easily and quickly complain to social media platforms to have content taken down allegedly defamatory. Its application was strongly criticized by various experts, who assured that it could have the opposite effect. In May 2022, Scott Morrison promised that in the event of re-election, this law would be one of these first projects voted on. But he was not re-elected and his bill therefore lapsed with the victory of Labor in Parliament.
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Australia has introduced social credit for accessing social networks.
False, it was an unsuccessful proposal to fight online anonymity.
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