Facebook “unfriend” the Australian market, blocking users from searching and sharing news

Users in Australia can no longer find and share news on Facebook.

The move to block Australian users from searching and sharing news is seen as Facebook’s response to Australia’s bill to force technology platforms to pay news publishers for their content. surname. Photo: AFP / VNA

Facebook announced on February 17 that Australian users and publishers would not be able to share and view news from local and international newspapers and media outlets on their platforms. . The move is seen as Facebook’s response to Australia’s bill that requires technology platforms to pay news publishers for their content.

“What the Australian bill does not recognize is the core nature of the relationship,” said Campbell Brown, vice president of global news partnerships at Facebook, in a blog post. between our platform and the “news publishing unit”. “Contrary to what some people have suggested, Facebook doesn’t steal news content. Publishers choose to share their stories on Facebook,” commented Ms. Brown.

“I hope in the future we can continue to post news for users in Australia,” said Facebook Vice President.

During the Australian Senate hearing in JanuaryFacebook, frankly, is clear that they can block content in Australia if the bill becomes law. Also at the same hearing, Google also threatened to completely shut down its search engine in Australia.

However, before Facebook released the announcement on February 17, Google stated that they were going in the opposite direction, that is, instead of leaving the Australian market, “the search giant” Google seemed to want to deepen. add relationships with publishers in this market.

Evidence is that Google and News Corp (NWS) – the media group of the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch – announced a three-year partnership agreement. Accordingly, the “search giant” will pay the content fee to News Corp. News Corp currently holds many media units in Australia as well as a number of newspapers in the UK and Wall Street Journal, New York Post in the US.

Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg today 18/2 said that Facebook’s move to block users from searching and sharing news is even more detrimental to the presence of this technology platform in Australia, at the same time Mr. Josh Frydenberg considers the above-mentioned legal reform “important” in Australia.

And Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticized the move on Facebook and said it affected “essential medical information services and emergency services” – which were blocked from sharing the post. Facebook.

Posted on his personal Facebook page, Prime Minister Morrison wrote: These actions (of Facebook) will only clarify concerns that more and more countries are concerned about the behavior of Big Tech companies – the public empires. technology thinks they are bigger than governments. “They may be changing the world, but that doesn’t mean they run the world,” Prime Minister Morrison hinted at Facebook.

The idea of ​​forcing technology companies to pay for content posted on their platforms is endorsed by many news publishers and media outlets. Media mogul Murdoch and his News Corp are both on the list of staunch supporters of the idea. The battle between Big Tech companies and governments that want to control social media and technology platforms is heating up, as authorities in the US, Australia, and several other countries consider the committee. New laws require payment of content posting fees.

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