Social media giants are meant to block harmful content. In reality, it’s thriving

This story was published by The Sydney Morning Herald on 25th March and was written by David Swan.

Teal independent MP Zoe Daniel told this masthead that pro-eating disorder content is rife across all platforms.

Last September, Daniel hosted a Social Media and Body Image roundtable, in which sector experts, people with lived experience of eating disorders and parliamentarians resolved to form a new working group.

“One option being considered is strengthening the Online Safety Act,” she said. “I am also looking at the options for increasing the platforms’ responsibility for their systems and the algorithms that deliver harmful content. I will present the recommendations of the working group to the government mid-year.

“This work is vitally important. Anorexia has the highest death rate of any mental illness. I promised I would fight for families experiencing this cruel and relentless illness. Making social media safer is a big part of it.”


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