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Australia ends legal fight for X to remove violent stabbing video

Australia’s independent online safety regulator has ended its attempt to remove a violent video from X (formerly Twitter).

On April 15, a clergyman was stabbed in Sydney, Australia and, like other horrific incidents these days, it was broadcast online. Australia’s national regulator eSafety requested that all social media platforms remove the video. While eSafety claims it was removed by Meta, Google, TikTok and more, X only prevented Australian viewers from accessing the video, something a VPN can easily bypass. When eSafety pushed for it to be removed entirely, X CEO Elon Musk called the request an attack on free speech and argued that one country’s laws couldn’t control the entire world. Register reported.

Despite abandoning the fight against X, eSafety further reiterated its frustrations. “Our sole objective and focus in issuing our takedown notice was to prevent these extremely violent images from going viral, potentially inciting further violence and inflicting further harm on the Australian community,” eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said. “The majority of Australians accept that this type of artwork should not appear on television, which raises an obvious question as to why it should be allowed to be distributed free and accessible online 24/7 for anyone, including children.

Grant notes that X removed a video globally that compiled this attack with two other stabbing incidents. He also details the violence policy that X submitted to the European Commission last October as evidence that the platform should remove the video entirely. “…our service has clear rules prohibiting violent and hateful entities, perpetrators of violent attacks, violent speech, sensitive media, and the policy of synthetic and manipulated media,” the passage states. “For the avoidance of doubt, we strictly adhere to our policies regarding illegal content and continue to remove illegal content, including terrorist content, from our platform.” In that sense, she considers that removing the video is a “reasonable request” for X to take it.

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