Ebene News – AU – Facebook blocks sharing of news content in Australia

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Facebook says Australians will not be able to share or view Australian and international news content on the platform

Facebook says it will ban editors and users in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content

The social media giant said in a blog post that the move responds to the federal government’s proposed law to force internet platforms to pay for news content

Facebook’s move means Australian publishers will not be able to share or post content on Facebook Pages, while news content from non-Australian publishers cannot be viewed or shared by Australian users

Additionally, users outside of Australia will not be able to view or share Australian news content on Facebook or content on Australian news pages.

“The bill fundamentally fails to understand the relationship between our platform and the publishers who use it to share news content,” Facebook said

“This left us with a difficult choice: to try to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or to stop allowing news content on our services in Australia With a heavy heart, we choose the latter “

“Today we made an extremely difficult decision to restrict the availability of news on Facebook in Australia,” Ms. Brown said in a statement.

“Contrary to what some suggest, Facebook doesn’t steal the news Publishers choose to share their stories on Facebook From finding new readers to getting new subscribers and increasing revenue, news agencies press wouldn’t use Facebook if it didn’t help their bottom line”

We reluctantly made the decision to restrict the availability of news on Facebook in Australia Our aim was to find a solution that strengthens collaboration with publishers, but the legislation does not recognize the fundamental relationship between us news organizations &

Likewise, Google has threatened to pull its search engine out of Australia over the country’s proposed media negotiations settlement.But in recent weeks Google has signed deals to pay news publishers Australians, including a three-year pact with News Corp announced Wednesday to cover publications in Australia and other parts of the world

The proposed Australian measure would amend the Competition and Consumer Law of 2010 to require digital platform companies to negotiate licensing deals with registered news companies – and if they can’t agree, to submit to compulsory arbitration

The legislation “aims to penalize Facebook for content it hasn’t taken or requested,” William Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, wrote in a blog post

M Easton made a distinction between the social giant and Google “Google search is inextricably linked with news and publishers do not voluntarily provide their content,” he wrote “On the other hand, publishers readily choose to post news on Facebook because it allows them to sell more subscriptions, expand their audience, and increase ad revenue.”

According to M Easton, “The exchange of value between Facebook and publishers works in favor of publishers,” claiming that in 2020 Facebook generated around 51 billion “free referrals” to Australian publishers – which he said were worth around 407 million Australian dollars

“Facebook’s business gain from news is minimal,” wrote M Easton, claiming that news accounts for less than 4% of the content people see in their news feed

Yeah They’re all gone All the stories already published by mainstream Australian media are completely gone (@abcnews, @SBSNews, @ 7NewsAustralia, @ 9NewsAUS, @australian, @smh etc) picTwittercom / Kt0Sv1qQMj

Facebook users woke up on Thursday morning shocked to find that all previous Facebook posts on major news accounts had already been deleted as websites received a notification that they could no longer post

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told ABC Radio National on Thursday morning that the government would not give up its code for media negotiation despite Facebook’s move

“If you are doing business in Australia you must obey the law of the land in Australia,” he said.

“Basically Facebook is telling Australians what you see on our platforms is not verified by the facts, it is not responsible journalism,” said M Fletcher

“At a time when there are already questions about credibility on Facebook, they need to think about this,” he added

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tweeted Thursday morning saying he had a “constructive” discussion with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

“He raised a few remaining questions regarding the government’s news media bargaining code and we agreed to continue our conversation to try and find a way forward,” M Frydenberg

This morning I had a constructive discussion with #Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg He raised some outstanding questions regarding the government’s news media bargaining code and we agreed to continue our conversation to try to find a way forward

Peter Lewis, director of the Center for Responsible Technology at the Australian Institute, said without public service journalism on the site, Facebook would be “a weaker social network”

“Social network destroys social license to operate Facebook’s actions mean the company’s failures in privacy, misinformation and data protection will require greater pressure for tighter government regulation.” , did he declare

Never forget: Facebook has disabled access to factual journalism for an entire country in the midst of a global pandemic imageTwittercom / QRiLcmZiHW

“Without factual information to anchor it, Facebook will become little more than cute cats and conspiracy theories

“At a time when the importance of facts in addressing a global health crisis is crucial, Facebook’s decision is arrogant, reckless and dangerous,” he added.

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