Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Complains About X Reinstating Censored Accounts

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. Without considering the possibility that there were perhaps too many of them to begin with – Australia’s eSafety Commissioner is complaining in a new report that X, since the Musk takeover, has fired too many “safety and public policy personnel.” Another complaint from the commissioner’s “transparency report” is about previously censored accounts getting reinstated on the platform. The sum of the new policy, according to this Australian office – a government agency that’s “independent (but) supported by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)” – is that X is now less capable of “tackling online hate.” It is no wonder that these accusations are made by eSafety, considering that it has been given powers to deal with what’s described as “cyberbullying, image-based abuse, and illegal and harmful online content.” Basing the report on information obtained from X, eSafety writes that 80 percent of “safety engineers” have been let go since October 2022 (the same figure applies to global public policy staff). Moderators working for X have fared somewhat better – still, over 50 percent of them have been fired. Considering that these employees were doing more than simply moderating – there have been many confirmed and very controversial cases on clear censorship against content and accounts – free speech supporters are likely fine to learn these precise numbers for the first time. However, the Australian eSafety is not, taking a negative stance toward the…Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Complains About X Reinstating Censored Accounts