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Government vs Social Media and YouTube bullying video


Today the Australian Government stepped up it’s campaign to hide the extent the epidemic of bullying that is occurring in schools by banning the evidence. As social media sites continue to turn over the rock of social evils and shine a light on social ills that we assumed were “rare” or “exaggerated” the Government’s response is to blame the medium. If you are going to go after those that film bullies, why not go after the bullies themselves?  Next step is to blame the tools – Facebook and YouTube. Is the world really a better place if we shove schoolyard bullying back into a dark corner where there are no adults watching?

The filming is only part of the story – what about the millions of viewers? Shall we make it illegal to watch the film of an assault? Social Media means media in both contexts – media as content and medium as channel/distribution. No filming OR distribution of social media that highlight incompetency  of authority – police brutality, brutality to international students, brutality between school kids. Cos it might, y’know make us look bad.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that South Australia’s government is considering banning the filming of assaults.

The government told the ABC it would introduce legislation making it an offence to publish “humiliating or degrading” images of people without their consent.

State Attorney-General John Rau said the legislation would be the first of its kind in Australia.

The same state has had to back down on internet regulation legislation in the past, including draconian “political comment” laws that would have required any blogger publishing a political comment to also publish their name. The government backed down and repealed the law.

The relationship between bullying and YouTube has become a cause celebré in Oz, with a clip of a boy retaliating against a bully in western Sydney going viral over the last few days. YouTube has pulled the clip citing its terms of service, and the school has reportedly suspended the children involved.

From The Register

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

11 thoughts on “Government vs Social Media and YouTube bullying video

  1. RT @SilkCharm: Should Government go ahead with banning Youtube cyberbullying videos? http://bit.ly/enslvY OR are they just putting a con …

  2. Agree Laurel – I am so tired of social media platforms being blamed for bad behaviour. As you’re aware, social media is used by civilised, erudite, compassionate, warm and clever people. Now and again, an idiot or bully may infiltrate – just the same as occurs on our talkback radio shows, Letters to the Editor, community forums and front bars.
    It makes no sense to blame the medium.

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