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Musk rejects Australian order to remove Sydney stabbing video

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Musk rejects Australian order to remove Sydney stabbing video

Tycoon Elon Musk is facing backlash in Australia after a court order to remove videos of a recent stabbing at a Sydney church from his social network, X. The Australian Federal Court gave the platform 24 hours to take down the videos, which show an Assyrian bishop being stabbed multiple times during an attack in a Sydney suburb. The Australian eSafety Commission had sought the court order after X failed to remove the videos despite previous requests.

Musk has vowed to appeal the decision, stating that the content has already been censored for users in Australia and is only accessible on servers in the United States. He accused Australia of trying to enforce global censorship and raised concerns about the implications of allowing any country to control content for all countries.

The issue is set to be back in court this week, where a judge will decide whether to extend the temporary order. The eSafety Commission is also seeking a permanent order to remove the videos and impose civil sanctions against X.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has criticized Musk, calling him an “arrogant billionaire” who believes he is above the law. “That someone would go to court to defend the right to upload violent content on a platform shows how misplaced Mr. Musk is,” Albanese said in a statement to the ABC public network. The tensions between Musk and Australian authorities highlight the ongoing debate over content moderation and internet regulation.

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