Australia said on Sunday that it would fine X for failing to provide information about its efforts to combat child exploitation and that the social media service had told officials that its automated detection of abusive material declined after Elon Musk bought the company.
The amount of the fine is 610,500 Australian dollars, or about $384,000.
X, formerly known as Twitter, did not comply with a national law that requires platforms to disclose what they are doing to fight child exploitation on their services, Australian officials said. They said they had sent legal notices to X, Google, Discord, TikTok and Twitch in February, asking the companies for details about their measures for detecting and removing child sexual abuse material.
“Companies can make empty statements like ‘Child exploitation is our top priority,’ so what we’re saying is show us,” Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s commissioner in charge of online safety, said in an interview. “This is important not only in terms of deterrence in the types of defiance we are seeing from the companies but because this information is in the public interest.”
Mr. Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion last October. Since then, he has renamed the service X and loosened the platform’s content moderation rules. The company said this year that it was suspending hundreds of thousands of accounts for sharing abusive material, but a New York Times review in February found that such imagery persisted on the platform.