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Free speech debate heats up as minister declines to rebuke colleagues

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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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