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Oz went full Totalitarian over Covid.

Australia Ordered Social Media To Censor Covid-Related Posts Over 4,000 Times, Censored Non-Australians And Memes - Cindy Harper
'The revelations come after a freedom of information request and insight from the Twitter files.
A freedom of information request filed by the South Australia Liberal Senator Alex Antic showed that the federal government made over 4,000 requests in three years to get posts about COVID-19 removed from online platforms.

“It is entirely unclear to me why the Department of Home Affairs, a department which is primarily charged with the duty of overseeing matters like border control, has been using a backdoor arrangement with social media companies to influence the media in relation into matters such as public health,” Antic said, adding that there should be a full explanation about what information was censored and why.
“On what basis is the department qualified to determine the truth associated with Covid related matters?” the senator asked, as reported by The Australian. “Are we seeing an Australian #Twitterfiles?”

Through the FOI request, Antic received the Department of Home Affairs Online Content Incident Arrangement Procedural Guideline, which explains how the government coordinates with online platforms to monitor and flag content.

A separate document provided by the department summarized the number of notices set to social media companies. Between January 2017 and December 2022, the department “made 13,636 referrals to digital platforms to review content against their own terms of service.”
Of those requests, 4,213 were related to COVID. Given the pandemic started in early 2020, the department made an average of four requests per day for three years.

The department did not provide details about the COVID-19 related requests, but said such requests would end on June 30, 2023.

As reported by Racket News and Network Affects, “DHA seemed to deem itself sovereign over the entire Internet, targeting non-Australians under the spurious logic that they were ‘circulating a claim in Australia’s digital information environment.’ Some claims were also true or at least contested.”
“Even a humorous commentary on masks was deemed too much for the fun police. In one case, a mere reply to a tweet claiming ‘masks are useless’ was considered to have contradicted ‘official information,’ making it ‘potentially harmful.''


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If Oz was truly totalitarian, then the Government wouldn’t have released the information.

There is no saying what information is being hidden.


I have no idea if masks are useless but I do know if you do not wear them in certain places you will not be allowed in those places. That's just the way it is.

I avoid areas of many masks, except have no choice for hospitals. Mask is a good sign, these people are high risk of sickness.


If bullshit was music you'd be a brass band.

Which portion of the above post do you believe to be BS?

The Covid Censorship Requests of Australia’s Department of Home Affairs

@BDair Under a freedom of information type question.


ohferpetessake, oh, and BS

What part is BS, and what evidence can you provide?


Australia and China were probably the most blocked off media over covid and very hard to get a read on.


What a lot of bull. I live in Australia and I can tell you that we saw plenty of anti covid media.

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