Big tech censorship has been on the rise over the past few months, but in Australia, it’s reaching a new high.
Facebook completely cut off news-sharing for Aussies.
The decision was made in direct response to a proposed law that would force internet platforms to pay news publishers whose stories were posted on their platform.
Facebook was NOT into that.
They announced Tuesday that Australian users will not be able to share or view news links from their website.
What do you even do on Facebook without sharing links? Just look at pictures? Isn’t that what Instagram is for?
But Facebook was taking a moral stance against the rule.
The managing director for Facebook Australia and New Zealand, William Easton, stated that he believes the company was unfairly targeted – calling out Google specifically for getting a free pass. In a statement, he wrote:
“Google Search is inextricably intertwined with news and publishers do not voluntarily provide their content. On the other hand, publishers willingly choose to post news on Facebook, as it allows them to sell more subscriptions, grow their audiences and increase advertising revenue.”
Though Facebook has PLENTY of issues with censorship, this response to an unfair, crony rule seems almost appropriate at this point.
Perhaps now is the time for Australians to demand better from their government and from big tech.