Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news
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February 18, 20215 min read, 901 words

Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing newsFacebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

 in bbc.com
Published: February 18, 2021  |  5 min read, 901 words
Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information. It comes in response to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms. Australians on Thursd...
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This article provides a lot of good context and attempts to remain balanced, but it simply misses the point. It purports that Facebook shut off Australian news from its platform, which is true, but this was only done as a result of a new Australian law that would have made displaying the news content illegal if Facebook did't quickly establish licensing agreements with the Australian publishers. I believe it is unfair to ciriticize Facebook for this action since it is a direct result of the Australian government's action, which threatens to splinter the internet and targets on Facebook and Google, because they know the policy would be outrageous if applied to all websites that hyperlink or display Australian news content. Facebook is responsible for a lot of societal harm, but in this very narrow case, they are correct to stand up again this new law and are actually taking a stance that defends the free and open internet.
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