Australia commits to blocking domain names associated with the promotion of violent attacks

At the last G7 summit in August in Biarritz, Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced that Australia intends to block domain names whose use would be linked to extremist, violent content.

This decision follows, in particular, the March 2019 attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, which were filmed live on Facebook before being broadcast on other networks, and during which many worshippers died.     

The Australian e-Security Commissioner indicated that domain names would be blocked on a case-by-case basis. It seems necessary to establish a list of criteria for what should or should not be censored, especially since the blocking is aimed at sites showing murders, attempted murders, rapes, torture, and kidnapping. An automatic blocking resulting from a simple notification could have the harmful effect of also censoring domain names linked to sites with an informative scope intended to make Internet users aware of the abuses committed.

How, exactly, this commitment will be implemented will be seen in time.