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Elon Musk Alleges Australian Censorship Following Court's Ban on Violent Video

23 April 2024
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Elon Musk Alleges Australian Censorship Following Court's Ban on Violent Video

Musk vs. Australia

Elon Musk criticized Australia for censoring a video of a violent incident in a Sydney church. The court mandated Musk's company, X Corp., to block global access to the footage. X Corp. initially limited access to Australia but kept it available elsewhere.

Legal and Governmental Responses

Responding swiftly to the viral dissemination of the video, Australia's eSafety Commission, a pioneering governmental body dedicated to fostering online safety, swiftly secured a temporary global injunction from the Federal Court of Sydney. Presiding Justice Geoffrey Kennett immediately ordered the suspension of the video's distribution across all major online platforms, pending further legal proceedings.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese did not mince words in his condemnation of Musk's actions, labeling the tech magnate as an "arrogant billionaire" who shows disregard for legal norms. Albanese underscored the imperative for social media platforms to uphold their social responsibilities above all else.

Corporate and Personal Reactions

Remaining resolute, Musk utilized X as a platform to voice his discontent regarding the verdict, sharing a symbolic cartoon portraying the divergence between "free expression" and "censorship." He scrutinized alternative platforms for adhering to regulations and emphasized X's commitment to authenticity. Musk went further, characterizing Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety Commissioner, as the "Australian censorship overseer" in his personal commentary.

Legal Perspectives and Broader Implications

During the court case, eSafety Commission's lawyer argued that geoblocking the video in Australia wasn't enough according to national law. X Corp.'s lawyer countered, citing difficulties in immediate compliance due to the time difference with the US. The case sparked debates on censorship vs. free speech, especially concerning harmful graphic content dissemination.

Public Safety and Social Consequences

The dissemination of the video coincided with heightened public tensions, culminating in a riot at the church, injuring numerous police officers and damaging property. A related violent incident at a Sydney shopping mall further exacerbated public safety concerns, prompting police to intensify their response.

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eSafety Commissioner in Australia
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Prime minister of Australia
2 place
CEO of Tesla
3 place
X (Twitter)
1 place
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