Australia web security watchdog has slapped a A$610,500 ($386,000; £317,360) nice on Elon Musk’s X for failing to cooperate with a probe into anti-child abuse practices.
It comes after Mr Musk in a submit final November mentioned that “eradicating baby exploitation is precedence #1”.
The eSafety Fee criticised the agency’s “empty discuss” on the difficulty.
Insiders had earlier informed media they might not have the ability to defend customers from trolling following mass lay-offs at X.
X, often known as Twitter, has seen a steady income decline since Mr Musk purchased it for $44bn final 12 months.
Underneath Australian legal guidelines that took impact in 2021, the regulator can pressure web corporations to present details about their on-line security practices or face a nice. If the nice will not be paid, the regulator can pursue the corporate in courtroom.
Alphabet’s Google was additionally issued a warning for noncompliance with its request for details about dealing with of kid abuse content material.
However X’s noncompliance was extra severe, with the regulator saying the corporate didn’t “present any response to some questions, leaving some sections solely clean”.
It added that: “Twitter/X didn’t reply to a variety of key questions together with the time it takes the platform to reply to studies of kid sexual exploitation; the measures it has in place to detect baby sexual exploitation in livestreams; and the instruments and applied sciences it makes use of to detect baby sexual exploitation materials”.
The corporate confirmed to the regulator that it had lower 80% of its workforce globally and has no public coverage employees in Australia, in comparison with two earlier than Mr Musk’s takeover.
Final month, X was criticised by Australian researchers for disabling a characteristic that allowed customers to report misinformation about elections.
The transfer has fuelled concern because it got here forward of a key Australia referendum which befell over the weekend to present Indigenous folks extra rights.