Australian censorship ‘worst ever seen’

by MONICA O’SHEA – RUMBLE CEO and founder Chris Pavlovski says he has received increasing “censorship” demands from authorities in Australia, and New Zealand. 

He said the video-sharing platform noticed a “dramatic increase” in global censorship. 

Australia’s eSafety commissioner does not have the authority to dictate what content X’s users can see globally. The company says it “will robustly challenge this unlawful and dangerous approach” in court.

This comes after Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant ordered social media companies to remove videos and images related to two stabbing events in Sydney last week.

“If they fail to remove the content, then we can go to search engines such as Google or Bing to really minimise the amount of content that Australians can see,” she said, referring to additional measures that could be implemented to restrict the sharing of content.


Rumble is a NASDAQ-listed online video-sharing platform with a focus on free speech that enables people to share and monetise videos.

Explaining his concern, Mr Pavloski noted censorship infringed on “everyone’s human rights”.

“It’s the worst I’ve seen it. First France, then Brazil, and now it feels like everyone is following France and Brazil’s lead. The US State Department needs to intervene ASAP,” he said on X.

“Rumble has received censorship demands from Australia, New Zealand, and other countries that infringe on everyone’s human rights.

“We are noticing a dramatic increase in global censorship, unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

The social media post from the Rumble founder attracted the attention of X owner Elon Musk, who posted one word “same”.

Mr Musk also labelled eSafety Commissioner Ms Inman Grant the “Australian censorship commissar” in a separate post.

X also revealed it had received a takedown order from the eSafety boss and a threat of daily fines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The recent attacks in Australia are a horrific assault on free society. Our condolences go out to those who have been affected, and we stand with the Australian people in calling for those responsible to be brought to justice,” X posted.

“Following these events, the Australian eSafety commissioner ordered X to remove certain posts in Australia that publicly commented on the recent attack against a Christian bishop. These posts did not violate X’s rules on violent speech.”

The global platform said it does not believe eSafety’s order was in the scope of Australian law, and complied with the directive pending a legal challenge.

“X has now received a demand from the eSafety Commissioner that X globally withhold these posts or face a daily fine of $785,000,” the platform posted.

“While X respects the right of a country to enforce its laws within its jurisdiction, the eSafety Commissioner does not have the authority to dictate what content X’s users can see globally. We will robustly challenge this unlawful and dangerous approach in court.”


In response, Labor’s Health Minister Mark Butler said the government would not be bullied by Mr Musk or any other tech billionaire.

“I’ve heard suggestions that Elon Musk is saying he’s going to fight the fine that the eSafety commissioner has said would be levied against X, because of the way in which they’ve refused to take down graphic videos around last week’s attacks,” Mr Butler said.

“And can I say this. Australia is not going to be bullied by Elon Musk, or any other tech billionaire, in our commitment to making sure that social media is a safe space. So, if he wants to fight that fine in court, well, we’re up for that fight.”

Meanwhile, Left-leaning Liberal Shadow Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham said Mr Musk’s argument on censorship is “completely ridiculous”.

Senator Birmingham argued the standards expected in everyday life and other forms of media, should be applied to the online world as well.

“The idea that it is censorship to say that imagery of a terrorist attack, of a stabbing incident should not be able to be broadcast in an unfiltered way for all to see – children to access and otherwise – is an insulting and offensive argument.”


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, meanwhile, said he found it “extraordinary X chose not to comply”.

“We know, I think overwhelmingly, Australians want misinformation and disinformation to stop. This isn’t about freedom of expression,” Mr Albanese said.

“This is about the dangerous implications that can occur when things that are simply not true, that everyone knows is not true, are replicated and weaponised in order to cause division, and in this case, to promote negative statements.”

Mr Albanese raised concerns about “misinformation” in the community in multiple interviews following the Bondi stabbing rampage and the alleged stabbing of a Christian bishop.

Six people were killed when a knife-wielding man Joel Cauchi attacked shoppers at Westfield Bondi Junction on April 13.

In New Zealand, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has also recently put tech giants on notice to do more “to protect children”.

“I think they need to work much harder,” he said in February.

“I expect those tech companies to be well-resourced in the trust and security spaces.” PC

Monica O’Shea

MAIN PHOTOGRAPH: Julie Inman Grant. (courtesy The Mandarin)
RE-PUBLISHED: This article was originally published by The Epoch Times on April 22, 2021. Re-used with permission.

10 thoughts on “Australian censorship ‘worst ever seen’

  1. Pfizer tells Federal Judge that Pfizer owns the Federal Government and is thereby immune to normal Contract Law
    Comment – The People of the World Ask ‘Who is going to stop and bring down these arrogant Globalist tyrants’
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    Australian courts bought by Pfizer and Big Pharma: Retired barrister Julian Gillespie speaks out
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    An application to the Federal Court in March by Dr Julian Fidge alleging Pfizer’s Covid 19 vaccines contain genetically modified organisms and therefore should be licenced under the Gene Technology Act was dismissed by Judge Helen Rofe.
    Retired barrister Julian Gillespie helped prepare an appeal against the Federal Court dismissal.
    Judge Rofe who determined Julian Gillespie had no standing, had a massive conflict of interest having represented vaccine giant Pfizer as a barrister on five occasions before being appointed a judge.
    Rofe concealed her connection to Pfizer when she had ample opportunity to reveal this association when Julian Gillespie presented a case against the vaxxine giant.
    Judge Rofe epitomises how the judiciary, from Magistrates to the High Court have been bought and sold by vested interests and are beholden to the political parties who appointed them to the bench in the first place.
    Listen carefully to eminent retired barrister Julian Gillespie whose evidence in this video exposes a corrupt judiciary, the medical mafia and bribed politicians.
    Parliament is not supreme; the people are. Judges need to be re-educated urgently about Constitutional law. Sir Harry Gibbs and Justice Isaac Isaacs would run rings all around them.

  2. I have put this bit of information together for your readers – I hope that’s okay.
    Many of you would surely have noticed that the Entire Internet had been hijacked soon after the Covid Fraud began — you are allegedly, fed the ‘search results’ that they want you to see – (it has been made very difficult to do independent/unbiased/free searches unless you have the specific website information you need to search) due to alleged colossal global agenda/control/corruption/conflicts of interest so extensive, it’s jaw dropping and utterly disgraceful, terrifying and will destroy our lives and our world as we have always known it and the fact that there has been no one to stop it up till now, demonstrates how evil and truly sinister and all encompassing it is.
    Censorship from the start of the Covid “Thing” has been jaw-dropping – so many experts from different fields, many groups and individuals, even Politicians have been targeted, censored, social media accounts et al shut down – any voices opposing the Official Government Narratives / Agenda were dealt with tyrannically – it’s utterly mind boggling how this can happen !
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    The past few years have been extremely challenging for Global Research in terms of online reach and engagement.
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    The doctor-patient relationship is being threatened. That means quality patient care is under fire like never before. Powerful interests are undermining the effective practice of medicine with politicized science and biased information. Now more than ever, patients need access to independent, evidence-based information to make the best decisions for their healthcare. Doctors must have the independence to care for their patients without interference from the government, media, and the medical establishment.
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    WOW: Our website host @Squarespace has just completely and arbitrarily shut down our website, claiming a violation of their terms of service.
    We are a group of physicians advocating for a better understanding of COVID-19 and its available treatment options.
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    PayPal’s Plan to Fine Users for ‘Misinformation’ Was a Totalitarian Trial Balloon
    By Doug Mainwaring
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    LifeSiteNews 11 October 2022
    The goal of woke North American banking institutions is this: Crush truth-tellers while perpetuating an illusion of normalcy for those who mindlessly repeat the woke party line, no matter how egregious the affront to reality and morality.  
    North American banking institutions continue to degrade themselves, spiraling downward from at first creating policies to shut down accounts of individuals and organizations deemed to be politically incorrect to now acting as major totalitarian state players: they are outright confiscating money from clients with whom they have political and moral differences. 
    Remember back in 2014 when SunTrust Bank canceled the Benham Brothers’ accounts because of their pro-life and pro-conjugal marriage public support?  
    Or in 2017 when VANCO, an online donation processor, at the behest of banking giant Wells Fargo, cut off services to the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization that seeks to create “a mass social movement to end family breakdown”?
    Or in 2018, when Visa and Mastercard cut off the donation processing services to the David Horowitz Freedom Center?
    The banking industry has now gone from “We refuse to do business with those whose pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom, and pro-election integrity views we find abhorrent” to “We’ll steal your money” and “You don’t have the right to keep private property.”
    Their goal is this: Crush truth-tellers while perpetuating an illusion of normalcy for those who mindlessly repeat the woke party line, no matter how egregious the affront to reality and morality.
    PayPal’s trial balloon
    After experiencing an enormous backlash on social media a couple of days ago, PayPal quickly walked back its outrageous plan to fine users up to $2,500 –– debited directly from their accounts –– for “misinformation.” The tech titan remained opaque on whether it will implement sanctions for what it perceives to be “intolerance” against homosexuals and gender-confused people.  
    PayPal’s move went one step beyond GoFundMe’s canceling of donations to the Canadian Truckers who stood against the onerous vaccine mandates of the Trudeau Administration earlier this year. PayPal said it would actually raid its clients’ private accounts to punish their opinions.
    LifeSiteNews’ Raymond Wolfe explained that the new user agreement from PayPal would have updated the left-wing payment giant’s “list of prohibited activities” to include “sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials” that “promote misinformation,” determined at PayPal’s “sole discretion.”
    The policy change would also have prohibited posting content that PayPal considers to “present a risk to user safety or wellbeing” and would have expanded the company’s ban on “discriminatory” content to cover specific “protected groups” and characteristics, including sexual orientation and “gender identity.”
    The policy, slated to take effect on November 3, five days before the U.S. midterm elections, would’ve had a chilling effect on forthright public discourse. But that was the goal. 
    PayPal attempted to cover its tracks, claiming that the “misinformation” language in the new user agreement was sent out “in error.” It was not. It was a trial balloon. PayPal wanted to see how far they could go to punish those who seek to protect children and young people from monstrously dangerous medical practices.    
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    We’re Under Attack – They’re doing to us what they did to the Canadian truckers … and just like the truckers, we’re fighting back
    MAY 06, 2024
    Last month, the Winston Smith Initiative partnered with the Aligned Council of Australia to launch Australia’s Greatest Letterbox Drop, a nationwide flyer-dropping campaign designed to rally resistance to the outrageous power grab currently being attempted by the World Health Organisation.
    I’ve already written at length about how this campaign works and what it’s intended to achieve, so I won’t repeat myself. The bottom line is that it has been an outstanding success: in less than three weeks we’ve registered 1,900 volunteers and distributed more than a million flyers across the country, delivering our message to a significant share of the Australian population.
    The campaign has been so successful in such a short space of time that there now appears to be an organised effort to shut it down. Our online transactions have been blocked, the funds in our Shopify account have been frozen, and as of today, the ACA’s mailing service has been disabled.
    In short, we’re under attack.
    The first act of interference brought to our attention was the blocked transactions. Within days of launching the Letterbox Drop, I began receiving emails from volunteers saying that their attempts to purchase our flyer bundles were being repeatedly declined, even though they had sufficient funds.
    Please read full article and stand united against this disgusting Tyranny.

    Also see > Everyday Australians advocating to protect and uphold our fundamental rights.
    We are aligned to bring about the rejection of the WHO’s pandemic treaties.
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    The Pharmaceutical Conspiracy to Silence Online Dissent is Bigger Than You Think
    Millions of dollars were spent to weaponize the public against us. This article covers everything they don’t want you to know
    26 April, 2024
    Story at a Glance:
    • There has been a coordinated campaign to attack and defame anyone who has spoken out against the COVID-19 response. This has primarily been restricted to social media (e.g., getting people deplatformed) but it has also been weaponized in real life (e.g., getting medical licenses revoked).
    • This coordinated campaign was the result of a “non-profit” known as The Public Good Project (PGP), which was actually directly linked to the pharmaceutical industry. The PGP used the industry funding it received to defend industry interests.
    • Vaccine safety advocates were able to get into the group where these campaigns were coordinated. There, they discovered numerous public figures working hand in hand with healthcare workers to descend like a hive of bees on anyone “promoting misinformation.” Likewise, we learned that the most belligerent doctors we keep encountering on Twitter belonged to these groups.
    Some of the influencers advancing PGP’s message through “Shots Heard” (and its sister United Nations initiative “Team Halo”) were hucksters who faked their own credentials. My overall impression from looking at everything was that this group operated in a very similar manner to many of the sleazy internet marketing operations I’ve seen in the past. Fortunately, the public appears to be seeing through what they did.

    Social Media Fact Checkers Claim Their Work Isn’t Censorship. Here’s Why It Is. “Fact-checking” isn’t just labeling. It tanks the visibility of posts.
    10 April, 2024
    Because there are no facts to support this attitude, one of the key “fact-checkers” is hiding behind an opinion piece. But the claim is there: “Fact-checking is not censorship,” a post on Poynter wants you to believe.
    This, despite the organization, which acts to “certify fact-checkers” via the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), having a project that has resulted in mass suppression of posts on Facebook.
    According to Facebook (Meta) CEO Mark Zuckerberg, posts that get fact-checked experience a 95% drop in clicks. In other words, even if this content is not outright removed, it is made virtually invisible. That’s censorship by any other name.
    If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net.
    Full article >

    Conflict of Interest: Reuters ‘Fact Checks’ COVID-Related Social Media Posts, But Fails to Disclose Ties to Pfizer, World Economic Forum
    Reuters is now in the business of “fact-checking” Facebook and Twitter posts about COVID vaccines — despite having ties to Pfizer, World Economic Forum and Trusted News Initiative.
    11 August, 2021 by Megan Redshaw on Children’s health Defense
    Please continue and read full article >
    See Megan Redshaw Archive of Articles >

    WHO Corruption Runs Deep
    Even prior to the pandemic, WHO had released a statement that it had been in discussions with Facebook to “ensure people can access authoritative information on vaccines and reduce the spread of inaccuracies.”20 At WHO’s first Global Vaccination Summit, held in Brussels in September 2019, Jason Hirsch, Facebook’s public policy manager, alluded to the censorship and media manipulation that was to come:21
    “The first thing that we are doing is reducing the distribution of misinformation about vaccinations and the second thing that we are doing is increasing exposure to credible, authoritative content on vaccinations.”
    Rather than putting public health first, such as pushing for safety studies into vaccination, WHO’s history clearly illustrates its allegiance to Big Pharma and other industries. WHO, for instance, has downplayed the health effects caused by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, stating that only 50 deaths were directly caused by the incident and “a total of up to 4,000 people could eventually die of radiation exposure” from the disaster.22
    WHO signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is “promoting peaceful use of atomic energy,” in 1959, making it subordinate to the agency in relation to ionizing radiation.
    WHO’s response to the Fukushima radiation disaster in 2011 was also criticized, with evidence of a high-level coverup.23 WHO once again downplayed the risks, stating “the predicted risks are low and no observable increases in cancer rates above baseline rates are anticipated.”24
    WHO also received more than $1.6 million from opioid giant Purdue from 1999 to 2010 and used industry-supported opioid data to incorporate into its official pro-opioid guidelines. According to the Alliance of Human Research Protection, WHO’s collaboration with Purdue led to expanded opioid use and global addiction.25
    Due to its acceptance of private money, a review in the Journal of Integrative Medicine & Therapy went so far as to say the corruption of WHO is the “biggest threat to the world’s public health of our time,” particularly as it relates to WHO’s drug recommendations — including its “list of essential medicines” — which it believes is biased and not reliable.26
    Given the strong and ongoing evidence that WHO is heavily conflicted and controlled by industry, its usefulness as a guardian of public health needs to be seriously reevaluated.

    Why the WHO Is a Corrupt, Unhealthy Organization
    By Dr. Joseph Mercola
    Global Research, September 05, 2021
    “TrustWHO,” a documentary film produced by Lilian Franck, reveals the clandestine influences that are controlling the World Health Organization, to the peril of public health
    Bill Gates is WHO’s No. 1 funder, contributing more to WHO’s $4.84 billion biennial budget than any member-state government
    Pharmaceutical companies previously influenced WHO’s 2009 pandemic declaration; experts later called swine flu a “false pandemic” that was driven by Big Pharma, which then cashed in on the health scare
    WHO has strong allegiance to China, and its investigation into COVID-19’s origin was a “fake” investigation from the start
    Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO released a statement that it had been in discussions with Facebook to “ensure people can access authoritative information on vaccines and reduce the spread of inaccuracies”
    WHO’s history clearly illustrates its allegiance to Big Pharma and other industries, including downplaying the health effects caused by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and collaborating with opioid giant Purdue
    Given the strong and ongoing evidence that WHO is heavily conflicted and controlled by industry, its usefulness as a guardian of public health needs to be seriously reevaluated
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    Please also see Dr. Joseph Mercola – Articles Archive

    The WHO’s New Partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation: Birds of a Feather Sticking Together
    “Putting Human Diseases at the Mercy of Profit”
    By Paul Anthony Taylor
    Global Research, June 04, 2023
    German drug and vaccine makers set to benefit from next pandemic
    With its open mention of “partners working with the WHO,” the Rockefeller press release illustrates that the global health body is no longer even trying to hide its relationship with the corporate world. The release specifically describes how the WHO’s ‘Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence’ facilitates “a global collaboration of partners from multiple sectors to address future pandemic and epidemic risks.”
    Not by accident, therefore, the hub turns out to be established in Berlin, Germany. Home to pharmaceutical multinationals including Bayer, Merck, and Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany is one of the world’s largest drug exporting countries. As and when the much-trumpeted ‘next pandemic’ arrives, German drug and vaccine makers will be ideally situated to benefit from it.
    The people of the world deserve better
    The Rockefeller family has a long history of wanting to ensure medicine principally serves capitalist society and that it is controlled by wealthy foundations independent from governments. As E. Richard Brown describes in his classic 1979 book, ‘Rockefeller Medicine Men: Medicine and Capitalism in America,’ the organizing of US healthcare into a business controlled by powerful interest groups would not have happened without the money and influence of wealthy industrialists such as John D. Rockefeller and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.
    Seen in this light, the Rockefeller Foundation’s recent tie-up with the WHO is nothing new. It is simply the latest episode in a more than century-long history of corporate and philanthro-capitalist interests putting human diseases at the mercy of profit. After three years in which they have been confined to their homes, forced to wear face masks, and injected with experimental vaccines, the people of the world deserve better.
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  3. Hey albo and grant, the only misinformation and disinformation we get IS FROM YOU.
    We only get the TRUTH from X.

  4. The e-safety commish used to work for Twitter and is a left wing fanatic.

    Albo and the ALP have tried to censor Australia before when Gillard was PM; well, at least she was in the PM’s office. Under pressure from that commie/greenie, Brown, who was furious the public were not swallowing his BS about global warming and wanted the press to stop publishing anything remotely sceptical, Gillard had the Finkelstein enquiry which recommended a new body to censor the press under government control. The Abbott government squashed that nonsense. The best thing Tone did.

    Now however with the manufactured controversy about Elon, there is support from the spineless LNP. The Government’s Mis and Dis legislation and the Elon controversy is censorship pure and simple with a large dollop of ALP political chicanery thrown in. How is that Albo wants the vision of the terrorist attack on the Assyrian Christian church censored but not the Palestinian supporters screaming gas the Jews and the Muslim priests advocating murder from their pulpits. The answer: a large number of ALP seats are determined by Muslim votes, particularly Tony Burke’s.

    Censorship by governments is the effective end of democracy and that is what Albo is proposing. But then he has been a commie since his ugly uni days when the commie rag interviewed him as a commie to watch.

  5. An extremely dangerous trend….. censorship….fact is fact, truth is truth……what is IS!….

    Otherwise so-called politicians simply put THEIR spin on things that happen, and more worrying, don’t happen!

    “sanitizing” the world to suite political agendas…. is simply dangerous….. shades of Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and so on!

  6. I am capable of deciding what I should or should not see and read. Julie Inman, Mark Butler, Simon Birmingham, and anyone else that thinks I, and any other man, should not be able to make that decision, can take a hike.


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