Social media and technology industry giants Google, Meta, TikTok and Twitter will be appearing at public hearings examining online safety matters with the House of Representatives Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety. These hearings will be held on Thursday, 20 January 2022 and Friday, 21 January 2022.
Committee Chair Lucy Wicks MP said that these hearings will enable the Committee to scrutinise the industry’s response to online harms and abuse faced by everyday Australians.
‘The Committee’s early hearings received powerful evidence from people who have experienced different types of online harm, and in these hearings the Committee can examine how the industry intends to move forward and protect its users’, Ms Wicks said.
Other witnesses across the two days include further stakeholders from the technology sector, including the Digital Industry Group (DIGI), Reset Australia and the Centre for Digital Wellbeing. The Committee will also hear evidence from academics and researchers, mental health organisations and government agencies. Programs for both hearings can be found on the Committee’s website.
The Committee will hold further hearings in coming weeks. Submissions have closed, and the Committee is reviewing evidence received in from the community in addition to evidence gathered in the public hearings. The Committee anticipates tabling its final report in the Parliament by 15 February 2022.
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For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Social_Media_and_Online_Safety. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.