X owner Elon Musk takes aim at ABC ‘censorship’

Elon Musk has responded to the ABC's decision to severe cut back on Twitter (X).

Elon Musk has responded to the ABC's decision to severe cut back on Twitter (X). Photo: AAP/TND

Elon Musk has accused the ABC of favouring “censorship” after the national broadcaster announced it was shutting down most of its social media accounts on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Mr Musk, who bought Twitter in 2022, took aim at the ABC’s decision in a response posted to an article on X.

“Well of course they prefer censorship-friendly social media,” Mr Musk wrote.

“The Australian public does not.”

The ABC moved on Wednesday to immediately dump all but four of its social media accounts on X, while raising concerns about “toxic” interactions and increasing costs.

The broadcaster was retaining only ABC News, ABC Sport, ABC Chinese and ABC Australia.

The ABC said it had made the decision after experiencing “positive” results from shutting down three of its Twitter accounts earlier this year.

It said the closure of its Insiders, News Breakfast and ABC Politics Twitter accounts had resulted in a “negligible” drop in traffic to the ABC’s content.

Since buying Twitter, Mr Musk has introduced a number of drastic policy changes and performed chaotic actions.

The social media platform has suffered an exodus of users and it’s expected it could lose more as new competitors emerge, such as Mark Zuckerberg’s recently launched Threads.

After taking over Twitter, Mr Musk fired top management and laid off about half of of the platform’s workforce, while seesawing on how much to charge for Twitter’s subscription service Twitter Blue.

The ABC said X was introducing charges which were making the platform increasingly costly to use.

Limiting the ABC’s accounts would also reduce the burden of “toxic” interactions with the public that were affecting ABC staff.

“Concerningly, X has reduced its trust and safety teams,” said the ABC.

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