Australia has held itself up as a model for cracking down on violent extremist material online since the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand. But the limits to its approach have become clear.
“The Australian government wanted to send a message to the social media companies, but also to the public, that it was doing something,” said BKC’s Evelyn Douek. “The point wasn’t so much how the law would work in practice. They didn’t think that through.”