Undeterred by Facebook news blackout, Australia commits to content law

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed on Friday to press ahead with laws to force Facebook Inc to pay news outlets for content, saying he had received support from world leaders after the social media giant blacked out all media.

      Facebook stripped the pages of domestic and foreign news outlets for Australians and blocked users of its platform from sharing any news content on Thursday, saying it had been left with no choice ahead of the new content laws.

      The move, which also erased several state government and emergency department accounts, as well as nonprofit charity sites, caused widespread outrage.

      Morrison, who blasted Facebook on its own platform for “unfriending” Australia, said on Friday the leaders of Britain, Canada, France and India had shown support.

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      mrdmk
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      Scanned over the Reuters article and this is what the piece is not telling you. When people look at other people’s pages they see advertisements. So when person A post a news article and person B comes and looks at it, Facebook posts the ads. What the Australian Law says is Facebook must pay the newspaper of origin part of the revenue from the ad. Facebook does not want to do this, so in defiance, they shut the whole process down. This is a power play from Facebook with the whole world watching. Let’s see if they get away with it.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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        Of course, Australia is trying to bolster its own media companies, so that’s all about the money, too. OTOH, if a newspaper does the work of publishing something, why shouldn’t it get a portion of Facebook’s advertising revenue? It’s not like Facebook wrote the story. Or did anything, in fact.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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