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Free speech debate heats up as minister declines to rebuke colleagues




Thursday January 14, 2021

Riots in Washington and discredited coronavirus cures promoted by some federal government backbenchers have sparked debate about freedom of speech online.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher. (Photo: ABC)

The man responsible for regulating social media platforms in Australia, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, has refused to criticise a coalition colleague spreading disinformation online.

But Fletcher does want companies including Facebook and Google to be more transparent and accountable about policing their content.

The minister argues the tech giants…

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