Morrison promises big tech deadline for online safety

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today pledged a crackdown on big technology companies to help protect young people’s mental health.

Mr Morrison, who was campaigning in western Sydney, said tech giants would be required to build improved safety controls into their devices, if the Coalition is returned to government at this month’s federal election.

He said the policy aimed at protecting the mental welfare of young Australians.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced ech giants would be required to build improved safety controls into their devices, if the Coalition is returned to government. (Nine)

“The isolation that many people feel when they are dealing with mental health, that is something I think so many Australians all around the country felt often for the first time during the pandemic. And it put an enormous strain on our country. An enormous strain.”

Mr Morrison said the Coalition would give tech companies a time limit of 12 months to roll out the changes.

He said drew on his and wife Jenny’s experience as parents of two young daughters in pushing for the changes.

“As a parent, Jenny and I know that kids are ahead of you when it comes to technology. They know how to get around all the other things. That is just real life. We live just like everyone else does. What we want is safety by design.”

Mr Morrison compared the responsibilities of tech companies to motor vehicle manufacturers.

“When you are making a car, it has to be saved by design. And so must these tablets and devices … The companies have a huge responsibility to ensure that the world they are creating online is safe and they have to do this by design.”

Hundreds of millions of devices are at risk.
A renewed pledge to pass anti-trolling laws were part of the Coalition online safety package. (Supplied)

It would be vital for the new technology to be easy for parents to use and hard for children to bypass, Mr Morrison said.

The e-safety policy will include $23 million for schools to improve teacher training, $10 million for better access of services by victims of online abuse and a renewed promise to pass anti-trolling laws.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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