A consortium of global tech superpowers, including Google, Facebook and Amazon, also argued that it would hurt Australia's relations with other countries because it would require "proactive" monitoring of all users worldwide, while the content generated by Users without the Internet has been published, criminalized companies will know about it.
"This law, passed and passed without meaningful consultation in five days, does not speak against hate speech, which was the basic motivation for the tragic terrorist attacks in Christchurch," said Sunita Bose Managing Director of Digital Industry Group Inc., a stakeholder group representing Facebook, Google and other companies.
In the Senate Wednesday night, Senator of the Australian Greens, Richard Di Natale, said the process is being rushed. He accused both the conservative government of Australia and the opposition Labor Party, which he described as compliant.
"We've received some of the most significant changes in social media online regulations we've ever seen," he said. With little or no time left for public submissions, he added, "It's getting a hold of it."
Experts warned that the law – which should go beyond traditional social media – reaches to places where there were white hot spots. Supremacy, like 4Chan, could lead to legal challenges. It is not clear whether Australia can take action against companies that have no branches in the country, and it is not clear whether there is a right to impose profitable penalties on international level for international crooks like Facebook.