Australia can now jail social media executives who fail to stop live-streamed terror

Australia has passed a law that threatens jail sentences for executives of social media companies which fail to take down live streams of terror attacks fast enough.

The new bill, proposed in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in New Zealand last month, passed Australia’s upper house on Thursday, the last possible day before Parliament dissolves for elections next month.

The law makes it a criminal offence for social media platforms to fail to remove “abhorrent violent material” fast enough, punishable by three years’ imprisonment of the executives responsible or a fine of up to 10pc of the company’s annual turnover.