Facebook just completely surrendered. The social media giant has allegedly agreed to bow to the government’s demands. This is insane.
“In an extraordinary backflip, Facebook announced Tuesday it will reverse its block on Australian users sharing news on its site and accept proposed government media bargaining laws that force it to pay for content,” reported Breitbart News.
“Discussions between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg have now delivered a result in the government’s favor and stemmed the fierce public backlash against the media giant,” the report continued.
Ultimately, Facebook claims to have removed Australian news — specifically the sharing of it — on the social media platform in response to the Australian government’s proposed regulations.
It is a complicated matter, but governments around the world are in a tug-of-war with Facebook and other social media companies on regulatory measures. Facebook obviously wants more autonomy.
By contrast, many government leaders want to either create a “level playing field” or push back against censorship. Other governments desire to institute their own form of censorship. The issue is far from over.
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