Internet censorship in Australia
February 14, 2010, 9:12 am (7 years ago)
Australia’s Labour government is already getting the undesirable status as the only Western democracy trying to expurgate the Internet with its firm actions to regulate Internet content. This week the focal point was on a conflict with Google and battle with hackers of government websites.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s most recent approach to Google requesting that it censor YouTube videos in line with broad content regulations had been declined. The Minister had previously referred to Google’s restriction for the Chinese and Thai governments in making his case for the company to oblige Australian suppression.
Google’s reaction was that it would not willingly submit the Australian government’s request, warning that this would cause the elimination of numerous politically contentious, but risk-free, YouTube clips.