Australia PM Calls Elon Musk 'Arrogant' Amid Row Over Sydney Stabbing Video Ban

Anthony Albanese mentioned that Elon Musk was combating to maintain violent content material on his platform.


An Australian courtroom has ordered X to cover some posts commenting on the stabbing of a bishop in Sydney, deepening a confrontation between the social media platform’s proprietor Elon Musk and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Australia’s federal courtroom late on Monday granted the nation’s cyber regulator, the eSafety commissioner, a two-day injunction requiring the social media platform to cover some posts on a knife assault final week in opposition to an Assyrian church bishop, Mar Mari Emmanuel, throughout a service at his church.

Albanese on Tuesday hit out at Musk, calling him an “smug billionaire” for pushing again in opposition to the Australian authorities’s calls to take down the content material.

X had blocked the content material for its customers in Australia however mentioned it could not block the posts for customers exterior the nation, arguing that the federal government had no authority to dictate content material its customers can see globally.

Movies of the assault posted on-line confirmed the attacker, restrained by the congregation, shouting on the bishop for insulting Islam. Police have charged a 16-year-old with a terrorism offence over the assault.

The regulator had requested X to take away sure posts that publicly commented on the assault, which may embrace movies.

Choose Geoffrey Kennett, in an after-hours listening to, ordered X to dam entry to the posts till Wednesday afternoon, courtroom paperwork confirmed. The matter will probably be thought of once more on Wednesday.

Albanese mentioned social media should have social duty however Musk was combating to maintain violent content material on his platform.

“We’ll do what’s essential to tackle this smug billionaire who thinks he is above the legislation, but in addition above widespread decency,” Albanese advised nationwide broadcaster ABC on Tuesday.

“What the eSafety Commissioner is doing, is doing her job to guard the pursuits of Australians.”

Musk had earlier referred to as the eSafety commissioner the “Australian censorship commissar”, drawing rebuke from Albanese who described X’s combat in opposition to eradicating violent content material as “extraordinary”.

“I would wish to take a second to thank the PM for informing the general public that this platform is the one truthful one,” Musk mentioned in a put up on X hours earlier than Albanese’s feedback on Tuesday.

Musk posted a picture that appeared to point out X stood for “free speech and fact” whereas different social media platforms had been dictated by “censorship and propaganda.”

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