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An Australian court on Wednesday extended a court order ordering social media platform denounced the court order as censorship. .

Videos of the stabbing of Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel during a religious service on April 15 it quickly began circulating on X, accumulating hundreds of thousands of views. Australia's eSafety Commissioner, a regulator that oversees online safety, ordered X and other social media platforms to remove posts showing the video the next day.

Other platforms complied and X blocked the content for Australian viewers. But Musk said the platform would not remove the videos, which remain viewable to users around the world, prompting a judge to issue a temporary injunction against the company on Monday. That order was extended Wednesday until a May 10 hearing, and X faces potential daily fines of approximately $509,000 for noncompliance.

“Our concern is that if ANY country is allowed to censor content for ALL countries, which is what the Australian 'eSafety Commissioner' is demanding, what is to stop any country from controlling the entire Internet?” Musk wrote in a Monday post on X. “We have already censored the content in question for Australia, pending legal appeal, and it is stored only on servers in the US.”

The decision to leave content online in defiance of local laws is a radical change for Musk, who acquired Twitter, now called X, in 2022 with the promise of turning it into a haven for free speech. The only content that would be removed, Musk said at the time, was that which violated local laws.

But in recent weeks, Musk has become more defiant about legal orders to remove content from X, testing the limits of international legal systems and rallying his followers to pressure regulators around the world.

An X spokesperson said the company was removing posts that praised or glorified the attack, but would allow posts that included comments about it to remain online.

“The takedown notice given to X Corp does not relate to comments, public discussions or other posts about this event, not even those that may link to extremely violent content. “It is only about the video of the violent stabbing in a church,” said a spokeswoman for the eSafety Commissioner.

A 2021 law gave Australia's eSafety Commissioner a broad mandate to police violent and sexually exploitative content online. The current commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, is a former Twitter employee.

Anthony Albanese, Australia's prime minister, criticized Musk's decision on Monday in an interview with Sky News. Musk is an “arrogant billionaire who believes he is above the law” and has “chosen ego and displaying violence over common sense,” Albanese said.

Other Australian lawmakers have been divided over the government's effort to force X to remove the video. Some senators have said they would delete their X accounts in protest of Musk's decision.

Senator Ralph Babet of the centre-right United Australia party shared the video on his X account on Monday along with an insult directed at Albanese's government and the eSafety commissioner. The post was viewed more than 64,000 times.

That same month, Musk argued online with European Commissioner Thierry Breton, who said X violated European law spreading illegal and misleading content about Hamas's attack on Israel.

This month, Musk threatened to overturn lawsuits from a court in Brazil, which ordered the company to block accounts it said shared hate speech and misinformation. Musk said the accounts belonged to politicians and journalists.

Musk's threat to make the court lawsuits public defied an order to keep them private. “This judge has blatantly and repeatedly betrayed the Constitution and the people of Brazil. He should resign or be impeached,” Musk said. wrote in X on April 7. “Shame”.

Still, despite Musk's objections, X has said it complied with Brazilian orders to remove content, as it has done in other situations. In February, the social media platform said it had hidden posts in India from journalists and activists about a farmers' protest, under threat of fines and the jailing of its local employees.

“However, we do not agree with these actions and maintain that freedom of expression should extend to these positions,” X said in a post from his government affairs account.

In March, X also retained a position in Australia at the behest of the eSafety Commissioner. The publication denounced the appointment of a transgender person to the World Health Organization. The company has said that it is challenging the decision.




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