ABA starts cleaning up the Web

An undisclosed number of locally hosted Websites have been ordered to remove questionable content in the wake of the new Federal Internet regulation laws introduced on January 1.

Donald Robertson, media and PR manager for the Australian Broadcasting Authority, said that following complaints from the public, the ABA, in its new role as Internet content regulator, has issued interim "take-down" notices to numerous Websites.

Robertson said the ABA had assessed the complaints and has referred the Websites to the Office of Film and Literature Classification for review to determine whether they breach online content laws.

"While we wait for a response from OFLC, we [have] issued interim notices," Robertson said. "If the OFLC advice is that the material is prohibited, then the ABA issues a take-down notice." Robertson said the ABA is yet to receive any responses from the OFLC, but "expects some assessments back shortly".

According to Robertson, prohibited material may be classified X or even be refused classification. R-rated Websites without restricted access systems in place are also prohibited, he said.

The number of complaints regarding online content received by the ABA is still under 20, Robertson said.

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