Facebook faces growing criticism over news ban in Australia

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

19th Feb, 2021. 12:55 pm
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Facebook has landed in hot waters as it blocked news content in Australia after a dispute with the government over a planned law.

Tech giants will have to pay for news content on their platforms, according to the law.

Facebook says the legislation “fundamentally misunderstands” its relationship with publishers.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the social media company’s actions to “unfriend Australia” were “as arrogant as they were disappointing”.

 He added that he was in “regular contact with the leaders of other nations” over the issue and would not be “intimidated”.

 According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Morrison later raised the matter with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to gain international support. 

 Moreover, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the ban on news information had a “huge community impact”. Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan accused Facebook of “behaving like a North Korean dictator”.

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 According to the data, around 17 million Australians visit Facebook every month as it is the most important social platform for news in the country. 

 Human Rights Watch’s Australia director said Facebook was censoring the flow of information, calling it a “dangerous turn of events”.

 Apart from that, Human Rights Watch’s Australia director said Facebook was censoring the flow of information, calling it a “dangerous turn of events”.

A local campaigner with rights group Amnesty International said it was “extremely concerning that a private company is willing to control access to information that people rely on”.

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