Twitter in Australia could face stiff fines if it does not remove objectionable content
In Australia, Twitter has 28 days to remove hateful, toxic and racist content from its platform.
In Australia, one in three reports of hate speech online relates to Twitter
– said Julie Inman Grant, an Internet security officer at the supervisor and a former Twitter employee.
Grant said: The messaging platform must take concrete steps in the remaining 28 days to demonstrate that it is truly committed to the solution. If you do not comply with your obligation to delete the content, after the expiration of the 28-day period, the Internet Authority may fine you A$700,000 (160 million forint) per day until you comply.
According to the official, in addition to increasing the protection of users, it is necessary to have more stringent accountability and transparency for online platforms.
The expert noted that in some cases banned content remains widely available on the interface even after deletion.
Elon Musk bought Twitter in October 2022, then fired 80% of the company’s employees, including content moderators. In November, he allowed tens of thousands of banned or suspended users to reconnect with the microblog. The mood around the company is still not calm: former and current employees are claiming tens of millions of dollars over the missed bonus issuance in 2022.