On Tuesday, its e-Safety commissioner demanded Meta, Microsoft and Apple share their strategies for stamping out child abuse material on their platforms or face penalties. The U.S. firms have been given 28 days to details their strategies, or pay fines of $380,000 a day.
It’s the first such request under new laws which came into effect in January. The move underscores Australia’s approach to regulating Big Tech firms since 2021, something that sets a good example for other nations to follow.
So far, it has introduced laws forcing them to pay media outlets for displaying their content, like news articles in a Facebook feed. A spokesperson for Microsoft said the company had received the letter and planned to respond within 28 days.