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Arrogant pollie vs 'arrogant billionaire'

BBC headline: Australian PM calls Elon Musk an 'arrogant billionaire' in row over attack footage
BBC headline (above) vs BBC home page (below right): you say Australia PM, I say Australian PM.

BBC home page: Australia PM calls Elon Musk an 'arrogant billionaire'I have in the past expressed my antipathy for Elon Musk as a filthy-rich twat who makes ugly electric vehicles and interferes in the politics of nation states. But I've warmed to him in his new role as defender of free speech and pricker of hubris. And none so much as him going in to bat against Australia's government and eSafety Commissioner over their nanny state censorship.

I thought Britain was bad when it comes to nanny-knows-best coddling of its citizenry. But Australia seems to be challenging for the title, if not actually having snatched the trophy from HMG and now holding it aloft.

The spat is over a graphic video of a knifing incident, so hnnng. On the other hand, there's a degree of public interest served by the video remaining available. OzPol have declared the attack to be an act of religiously motivated terrorism, one in which no one was killed, and the video might serve as a caution on vigilance and signs to look out for.

Besides, Anthony Albanese seems like a sanctimonious cock. Anything that pisses him off earns itself a degree of leeway.


Albanese's election was not so much a vote of confidence as vote of less nonconfidence.


BBC home page

Australia's Censorship Commissar has thrown in the towel trying to enforce a global takedown. Bloody good. Personally, I think it's overreach for a national government to regulate what foreigners, who had no choice in their election, can watch in their own homes. So fuck OzGov and OzCensor.

Grown adults in the Land (Down Under) of Nanny-Knows-Best will have to use a VPN though. And, let's face it, who'd bother unless they already had one up and running?

X, formerly Twitter, did eventually block access to the video in Australia, but users could easily get around this by using a VPN.

Simon Atkinson, BBC News

This reiterates the BBC's earlier report:

X agreed to geo-block the videos in Australia but has argued against restricting access for its global users.

Hannah Ritchie, BBC News (23.04.2024)

Except I don't recall reading that at the time. It could be that I did and didn't register it, or that it's since been stealth edited in post, as it were. Unfortunately, this is one of the articles that was published when the Wayback Machine wasn't caching the world's most trusted international news broadcaster™, so we'll never know for sure.