Australia drops case against Elon Musk's social media platform X over church stabbing footage | MuaneToraya

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Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and SpaceX and proprietor of X Holdings Corp., speaks astatine the Milken Institute's Global Conference astatine the Beverly Hilton Hotel,on May 6, 2024 successful Beverly Hills, California. 

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Australia connected Wednesday announced it had dropped its ineligible conflict against Elon Musk's X to person graphic footage of a religion stabbing successful Sydney removed from the societal media platform.

The quality was wide seen arsenic a trial lawsuit for the Australian government's quality to enforce its online information standards connected the societal media giants.

Julie Inman-Grant, Commissioner of Australia's online information regulator, said successful a connection that aft weighing "multiple considerations," she decided that discontinuing the proceedings would "likely execute the astir affirmative result for the online information of each Australians, particularly children."

"Our sole extremity and absorption successful issuing our removal announcement was to forestall this highly convulsive footage from going viral, perchance inciting further unit and inflicting much harm connected the Australian community. I basal by my investigators and the decisions eSafety made," Inman-Grant said, referencing Australia's independent regulator for online safety.

X's Global Government Affairs squad welcomed the news, saying successful a station that the steadfast was "heartened to spot that state of code has prevailed."

"Freedom of code is worthy warring for," Musk besides posted connected X, soon aft the announcement.

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed during a livestreamed sermon successful Sydney successful the mediate of April that was wide circulated online, racking up hundreds of thousands of views. He survived the incident.

Following the attack, which was declared a panic incidental by police, Australia's eSafety Commissioner was granted a temporary ineligible injunction ordering X to fell posts that showed the footage.

Musk challenged the earlier tribunal bid arsenic an battle connected escaped speech.

Last month, the Musk-owned societal media level won a reprieve successful Australia erstwhile a tribunal refused to widen a impermanent bid blocking videos of a Sydney religion stabbing globally.

War of words

The ineligible quality prompted a warfare of words betwixt elder Australian officials and Musk.

In an interview successful precocious April, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called Musk an "arrogant billionaire" who thinks helium stands supra Australian law.

Referring to Albanese, Musk responded connected X: "I bash not deliberation I'm supra the law. Does the PM deliberation helium should person jurisdiction implicit each of Earth?"

He added, "This level adheres to the laws of countries successful those countries, but it would beryllium improper to widen 1 country's rulings to different countries."

Musk besides described eSafety Commissioner Inman-Grant arsenic a "censorship commissar" for pursuing a planetary prohibition of the graphic footage.

Inman-Grant told ABC News that Musk's onslaught against her resulted successful an online pile-on from his millions of followers, on with decease threats and the online vulnerability of idiosyncratic accusation of her children.

— 's Sumathi Bala contributed to this report.