Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce have declared war on anonymous social media users but not politicians who run troll accounts to attack voters and push propaganda while at the same Liberal Party and National Party politicians have hit an all-time high for instituting frivolous and vexatious defamation cases which has the effect of forcing many social media users to stay anonymous.
The latest defamation court case is federal MP Andrew Laming, who settled a defamation claim against journalist Louise Milligan in August, suing Channel 9 over his photo of a women bending over with her underwear showing and him bullying and harassing women online. Laming also threatened to sue me on Twitter a few months ago but I stood my ground and he has not contacted me since. (Click here to read more)
Add that to the hypocrisy of Federal MP Peter Dutton suing Twitter user Shane Bazzi for defamation over one Tweet after Dutton accused QLD Premier Anna Palaszczuk of “siding with and protecting paedophiles and sex offenders” as per the below video I published on Friday (8/10/21/). The matter had a hearing 3 days this week in the Federal Court in Sydney finishing on Friday with the judgment reserved.
The article I refer to in the above video is titled “Peter Dutton, who accused QLD Premier Palaszczuk of “siding with and protecting paedophiles and sex offenders” sues a Twitter user for calling him a “rapist apologist”. (Click here to read the article)
A key reason that a lot of people stay anonymous on social media is because they are scared that will be sued for frivolous and vexatious reasons such as Peter Dutton’s lawsuits against Shane Bazzi. I haven’t read where Scott Morrison or Barnaby Joyce have commented on the Peter Dutton case and how it is an attempt to undermine political communication and free speech, but they are quick to attack social media users when it suits them.
The real story isn’t anonymous social media users not being held to account as Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce are claiming. The real story is politicians trying to silence social media users who are holding the politicians to account the same as the politicians are trying to silence the old media with frivolous defamation claims like federal MP Christian Porter has.
The Guardian reported on Thursday (7/10/21):
Australia’s prime minister and his deputy have warned social media giants they will be required to unmask anonymous social media users in a bid to crackdown on misinformation.
On Thursday Scott Morrison warned social media companies they must take action against “cowards” who vilify, harass or defame others – or else be liable as publishers.
Barnaby Joyce, the deputy prime minister, initiated the calls for stronger action in an interview refuting “malicious” rumours about his family.
Asked about rumours relating to his family, Joyce revealed that his daughter had been the subject of “completely malicious rumours” that “she’d been in a relationship with [former NSW deputy premier] John Barilaro and that is why he left”. “It’s total and utter rubbish.” (Click here to read more)
When former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced why he was resigning on Monday he said a large part of the reason was his defamation case against YouTube publisher Friendlyjordies and I published an article the following day titled “The real reasons NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro resigned: Fraud, theft, abuse of power and numerous alleged affairs” (Click here to read the article) which has the below video in it.
The article and the below video are relevant to this article because I cover Barilaro’s defamation case against Friendlyjordies and also Barilaro’s alleged affairs and it is an alleged affair with Barnaby Joyce’s daughter that has been the spark that has lit the fire in Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison to demand “social media giants be required to unmask anonymous social media users in a bid to crackdown on misinformation”.
There is a long list of politicians that have set up fake social media accounts to abuse and attack people and also push propaganda. So, why haven’t Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce ever said anything about that and demanded social media giants be required to unmask anonymous politicians in a bid to crackdown on misinformation and abuse?
Some of the politicians who have set up fake social media accounts are Angus Taylor to spread lies, Andrew Laming to abuse voters and spread lies and Mark Latham to abuse mostly women he didn’t like such as Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.
Starting a fight with social media users a few months out from an election is as dumb as it gets but maybe Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce feel they have nothing to lose. Instead of declaring war on anonymous social media users how about they focus on the politicians abusing social media with fake troll accounts.
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