Social platform fined $385,000 for not tackling child abuse content

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.16 - 2023 3:44 PM CET

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Australia's eSafety Commission has levied a hefty fine of 610,500 Australian dollars (about $385,000) on 'X,' the platform formerly known as Twitter. This fine comes as a result of 'X' failing to adequately explain its actions in combatting child sexual exploitation content.

Earlier this year, the eSafety Commission issued legal transparency notices to 'X' and other platforms, raising concerns about the proliferation of child sexual exploitation, sexual extortion, and live-streaming of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, both 'X' and Google failed to provide satisfactory responses

Musk can challenge the fine

X could challenge the fine in the Australian Federal Court. But the court could impose a fine of up to AU$780,000 ($493,402) per day since March when the commission first found the platform had not complied with the transparency notice.

Australia's eSafety Commission is also known as Australia’s online safety watchdog and it describes itself as the world’s first government agency dedicated to keeping people safe online.