Support a Royal Commission into Cyber Bullying, Abuse and conduct of Big Tech Companies

Support a Royal Commission into Cyber Bullying, Abuse and conduct of Big Tech Companies

8 July 2022
Signatures: 39Next goal: 50
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Started by Georgina Oxley

Sign now to add your name to support a Royal Commission into Cyber Bullying, Online Abuse, and the conduct of Big Tech. 

Cyberbullying & harassment cost lives, livelihoods, and communities each and every day. This must change NOW!

For too long, 'Big Tech' have profited to the tune of billions every year, yet provides very little, if any assistance to those bullied, harassed, and abused on the very platforms making them billions each year.

It doesn't take much research to find the horrifying statistics around the prevalence and impacts of cyberbullying and online abuse. Those impacts are not just from the cyber abuse faced by students and children, but also families, adults, and businesses around Australia.

SBS News covered a study done by the Australia Institute:

  • The survey, which asked 1557 Australian workers about online harassment and cyber hate, found more than one in three were targeted - the equivalent of 8.8 million people.
  • The cost of online harassment and trolling was estimated at $3.7 billion in health costs and lost income.
  • The study found a quarter of those who had experienced harassment had sought out a medical professional, while 25% also said it had impacted their work.

Other studies have reported that:

  • Students are twice as likely to attempt suicide if they have been cyber-bullied.
  • Cyberbullying upon adults and businesses has resulted in increased adult suicides.
  • Families and friends are torn apart by the preventable loss of life that stems from cyber-bullying.

Cyber abuse doesn't discriminate. The effects are being felt across different age groups, demographics, and communities.

This is a national emergency and requires an immediate national response.

We're seeking a Royal Commission to be established to investigate Cyber Bullying, Online Abuse, and the conduct of Big Tech Companies.

Victims of Cyber abuse need to have their stories told.

Our politicians must act now to protect each and every Australian from Cyber Abuse.

Why are we asking for a Royal Commission? 

A Royal Commission is an investigation, independent of government, into a matter of great importance. Royal commissions have powers to hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath, and compel evidence. Royal commissions make recommendations to the government about what should change. 

This issue has been ignored for too long and legislation MUST change.

Add your name to the list of supporters to ask our Federal Politicians to fix this national crisis! 

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Signatures: 39Next goal: 50
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