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What The New Online Safety Laws Mean For You

New online safety laws will allow Australians to report online abuse incidents to the eSafety Commissioner.

New online safety laws will allow Australians to report online abuse incidents to the eSafety Commissioner.

The laws, which are now in effect, require social media giants to remove any posts deemed as bullying or abusive within 24 hours.

If the companies fail to do so, they could be hit with a $555,000 fine. Individuals also face fines of up to $111,000.

The new laws are designed to target online trolls, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told the Seven Network.

"We now have new protections for Australians who are subject to vicious, online abuse," he said.

"What we know is that people who are the victims of this, what they want most of all is to have the material taken down as quickly as possible."

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE BEING BULLIED ONLINE:

If you are being bullied or harassed online, the comments should be reported to the social media platform it was posted on.

If the posts are not removed within 24 hours, the new laws now allow the post to be reported to the eSafety commissioner.

The commissioner’s new powers allow them to mandate the post be removed in 24 hours or face a fine.