Elon Musk’s social media platform, X, has faced a significant setback as the Australian e-Safety Commission imposed a hefty fine of A$610,500 ($386,000). The penalty comes as a consequence of X’s failure to cooperate with an investigation into anti-child abuse practices, dealing a blow to the company’s ongoing struggle to retain advertisers amidst growing concerns about lax content moderation.
Formerly known as Twitter, X received the substantial fine for its refusal to provide crucial information in response to the commission’s inquiries. The questions left unanswered by X included inquiries into the platform’s response time for reports of child abuse material and the methodologies employed to identify such content.
The Australian regulator’s actions signal the growing global scrutiny of social media platforms’ responsibility in moderating content, particularly when it pertains to child protection. X, now helmed by Musk, must navigate these challenges and concerns as it seeks to balance its commitment to free speech with the imperative to maintain a safe online environment.