Australia Plans Social Media Restrictions

It's all to save us from trolls and harassment, of course


TOUGHER restrictions on social media could soon be on the agenda, after federal and state politicians vowed to investigate calls to give police greater powers to address anonymous online abuse.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon yesterday agreed to talk about the issue with her state counterparts, after New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell wrote to acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan, seeking a review of Commonwealth telecommunications laws.

Rugby league star Robbie Farah became the latest high-profile target of a Twitter "troll" at the weekend, when an anonymous user sent him a vile message referring to his mother Sonia Farah, who had died in June from pancreatic cancer.