Australia has issued a legal warning to Twitter, stating that ignoring the warning could result in daily fines of up to $475,000. One of the reasons behind this warning is the specific leadership of Elon Musk. The eSafety regulator is demanding information from Twitter regarding its efforts to combat hate speech on the platform following Musk's acquisition in October 2022.
Australia's eSafety Commissioner said that Twitter appears to have dropped the ball on tackling hate. The watchdog agency claims that it has received more hate speech complaints on Twitter over the past year than on any other social media platform. The situation has worsened since the billionaire's involvement.
Rights groups have also reported that the platform is currently in a poor position to protect its users. The commission has given Twitter 28 days to respond to the notice. If the company ignores the warning, it could face daily fines of nearly $500,000 for "persistent violations."
Australia's Online Safety Act, implemented in 2021, requires social media platforms to take "reasonable steps" to ensure user safety and minimize abuse. Twitter may be in violation of Australian legislation due to its inability to moderate hate speech and other actions, such as the reinstatement of suspended accounts.