Australia drops charges against Elon Musk’s X platform over church stabbing videos

Australia drops charges against Elon Musk’s X platform over church stabbing videos

A legal battle that sparked a war of words between Elon Musk and Australia has finally come to an end.

The charges centered on a 16-year-old boy’s brutal stabbing of a bishop at a Christian church in the Sydney suburb of Wakeley in April which was captured in a live stream.

The incident not only caused fear and chaos in the community but also sparked a censorship debate.

Dozens of riot police were deployed after hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Assyrian Orthodox church and demanded that the authorities hand them over to the attacker to exact revenge.

The incident described as a terror attack went viral on social media.

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, the country’s independent regulator for online safety, asked Elon Musk’s X platform to remove the videos and heed the federal court’s request as well as warned of hefty fines.

However, the X platform geo-blocked the posts containing the video, meaning Australians could not access them but global users could still see them.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Elon Musk as an “arrogant billionaire” for not following its request which could harm the city’s image.

Musk’s company on the other hand raised free speech and jurisdictional concerns over the takedown order, and branded the move by Australia’s independent regulator as an “unlawful and dangerous approach”.

X’s Global Government Affairs team said they were “heartened to see that freedom of speech has prevailed” after Australia’s independent regulator dropped the case.

 

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