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Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2022

Originating house
House of Representatives
Not Proceeding


Establishes a framework relating to potentially defamatory content posted on social media by: deeming a person who administers or maintains a social media page not to be a publisher of third-party material; deeming a social media service provider to be the publisher of material that is published on their service if it is posted in Australia; creating a conditional defence for social media service providers in defamation proceedings relating to material on their service that is posted in Australia if the provider meets certain conditions; empowering courts to issue end-user information disclosure orders to require providers of social media services to give the applicant relevant contact details and country location data in certain circumstances; requiring social media companies to have a nominated entity incorporated in Australia able to discharge certain key obligations; and enabling the Attorney-General to intervene in defamation proceedings on behalf of the Commonwealth and authorise a grant of legal assistance.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 10/02/22  
Second reading moved 10/02/22  
Second reading debate 31/03/22  
Lapsed at dissolution 11/04/22  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (10/02/2022): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (24/03/2022)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (18/03/2022): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 2 of 2022
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (25/03/2022): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 3 of 2022