The phrase “sharing the wrong things” has become a catchphrase for the Internet and has been used to describe the activities of those who have gone online to share controversial views, from conspiracy theories to offensive jokes.
But the phrase could have wider implications.
In Australia, we have the power to ban a wide range of online behaviour if it breaches our laws, including sharing child pornography.
But it is often used as a catch-all excuse to ignore the laws.
What happens if you don’t share the right things?
For example, in the past, a person who posted a picture of a police car on Facebook could face a fine, up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
But under new laws introduced by the state government, anyone can be fined for sharing a picture on social media of a crime.
This is a particularly harsh provision because it targets someone who posts a picture that they know to be false.
The laws have already been challenged in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court.
But they could also be challenged in state courts and will now have to be considered by a full bench.
They are also expected to be challenged by the ABC.
What are the laws?
The laws come into force on December 1, 2020.
What they do and don’t cover The legislation will make it an offence to share a photograph or video that you know to have been altered or altered by a person or company without the permission of the person or entity that altered the image or video.
The offence carries a maximum fine of $500, up from $300.
The penalty for sharing the image of a firearm is up from the current $100.
The maximum penalty for possessing an image of an unlawful firearm is $2.50.
If a person has made an offence under the offence of possessing a false or defamatory picture or video, they will also be charged with a further offence of unlawful publication of a defamary picture or a defaming statement.
This offence carries up to seven years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
If the person who shared the image has no reason to believe the picture is defamery or a threat, they can apply to the Court of Appeal to have the matter referred to the Family Court for a decision on their application.
A court may also make a decision in a civil action where the person seeking to have their rights infringed by the picture or film has not provided the opportunity to respond.
The law is designed to address serious breaches of the Family Law Act.
Under the new laws, a court may make a determination that the offending photograph or film falls within one of the categories covered by the Family Act.
This includes the definition of an offensive photograph or the expression “an offensive word, phrase or sign”.
The Family Act provides that a person cannot be prosecuted for breaching the provisions of the Act unless they are guilty of: intentionally causing a reasonable person to think that a photograph, film or other thing is offensive, or