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Australia calls for G-20 social media crackdown after shootings

Prime minister demands platforms be reined in and 'consequences' clarified

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have come in for harsh criticism for their handling of a livestreamed video from the Christchurch shootings.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on Group of 20 leaders to discuss tightening social media controls following Friday's mass shootings in New Zealand.

Morrison said he has sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will chair the next G-20 meeting, in June in Osaka, asking that a social media crackdown be put on the agenda.

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