How have social media platforms influenced the arts during lockdown?

“Why are we letting these huge companies – that are making money from our data, barely paying any tax if any – why are we letting them create these public places where we are in such danger and not calling them to account? [Advocates] are calling for a legislated duty of care because at the moment, there is not impetus to keep us safe.”

Ginger Gormon, ABC Radio National Big Ideas “How trolling causes real-life harm”

Artists must continue to advocate for political action on accountability of social media platforms on their duty of care responsibilities towards users of their platforms. Especially in the present time, when so much of our usual activities are being funneled onto online platforms to connect us with work, family, healthcare and governance, we must have a safe and balanced online environment which inspires us to perform at our best.

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