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Former Australian Federal Police officer Alastair MacGibbon has become the nation’s new cyber-cop.

Fines to social media companies of up to $17,000 for failing to remove offensive material on their sites have been described as a 'legislative hammer' by the new Federal Government internet watchdog.

The government has appointed Alastair MacGibbon, a former AFP agent and eBay head of trust and safety, as its first Children’s e-Safety Commissioner.

Facebook and Twitter could be fined up to $17,000 per day if they fail to quickly take down cyber-bullying content, under new powers given to the government’s first Children’s e-Safety Commissioner.

PAUL FLETCHER:

Well good morning. Well I'm very pleased to be here to announce the new Children's e-Safety Commissioner. And this is an important step in the continuing work of the Abbott Government to enhance online safety for children.

Leading online safety expert Alastair MacGibbon has been appointed to the role of Children’s e-Safety Commissioner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher announced today.

Research into cyber bullying has found it frequently leads to depression, binge drinking, theft and violent behaviour.

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