I wish you all could see my face right now……
Reports are coming out that Facebook has decided to retaliate against Australia. Australia has been trying to push for companies like Facebook and Google to pay for news content.
Facebook has responded by essentially cancelling the country sources say.
People in Australia can no longer circulate worldwide news from any outlet, and Australian news outlets cannot share or post news according to our sources.
This is effectively a media blackout some are likening to North Korean behavior, and a reminder to just how much power these companies have.
Here are the latest reports:
CNET reported on the story:
Facebook started restricting users from viewing or sharing Australian news on Wednesday, because of a proposed law in the country that would require the social network to pay news publishers for content.
Called the News Media Bargaining Code, the legislation also affects Google, which surfaces news articles in search results. News outlets have struggled to compete with tech firms for advertising dollars and say they should be compensated for articles shown on online platforms such as Facebook and Google. Facebook's decision also underscores the tensions between the social media giant and governments that are trying to regulate the tech industry. Facebook's move comes after Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. signed a landmark deal with Google so the media outlet gets paid for news content.
Facebook said Australian users will be blocked from sharing Australian or international news content on the social network. International publishers will be able to post news content, but links and posts can't be shared by an Australian audience. Australian publishers aren't allowed to share or post content on Facebook Pages.
The New York Post had more:
“Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on his own Facebook page. “We will not be intimidated by BigTech seeking to pressure our Parliament as it votes on our important News Media Bargaining Code.”
Fletcher said officials were continuing to discuss the proposed law with Facebook as the bill headed for a vote in Australia’s Senate after passing in the House of Representatives.
He noted that Google — which had threatened to shut off its search engine in Australia if the proposal becomes law — took the more conciliatory approach of making deals with news publishers including News Corp., which owns The Post.