Australia Fines Musk's X For Neglecting Child Abuse

X, formerly known as Twitter, has seen a continuous revenue decline since Musk bought it for $44 billion last year

Australia Fines Musk's X For Neglecting Child Abuse

Elon Musk's X has been fined A$610,500 ($386,000; £317,360) by Australia's internet safety agency for refusing to participate in an investigation into anti-child abuse practices.

It follows Musk's statement that "removing child exploitation is priority #1" in a post from last November.

The company's "empty talk" on the subject was chastised by the eSafety Commission.

Following X's enormous layoffs, insiders had already informed the BBC that they would be unable to shield users from trolls.

Since Musk purchased X, formerly known as Twitter, for $44 billion last year, its revenues have been continuously declining.

Australian regulations that went into effect in 2021 give the regulator the power to punish internet businesses that fail to provide information about their online safety policies. The regulator may take the firm to court if the fine is not paid.

Google received a warning as well for failing to respond to a request for information about how it handled child abuse content.

X, however, violated the rules in a more serious way, according to the agency, failing to "provide any response to some questions, leaving some sections entirely blank."

It further stated that "Twitter/X did not respond to a number of key questions, including the time it takes the platform to respond to reports of child sexual exploitation, the measures it has in place to detect child sexual exploitation in live streams, and the tools and technologies it uses to detect child sexual exploitation material".

The business informed the regulator that it has reduced its employment by 80% internationally and that there are now no public policy employees working in Australia, down from two before Elon Musk's acquisition.

Australian academics blasted X last month for turning off a function that lets users report election-related falsehoods.

The decision has raised concerns since it was made just before a significant Australian referendum that was held over the weekend to increase the rights of Indigenous people.