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Facebook has 'tentatively friended' us again, Australia says

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By Colin Packham

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Fakebook...

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"The Australian law, which would force Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google to reach commercial deals with Australian publishers or face compulsory arbitration, has cleared the lower house of parliament and is expected to be passed by the Senate within the next week..." This should be the model for other countries' regulators going forward. FB presents a danger on the disinformation/misinformation front, Google as a monolpoly that drives competitors out of the market. Use a TOR browser or Duck Duck Go and a VPN to avoid being tracked by Google data scraping algorithms.

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The Australian law, which would force Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google to reach commercial deals with Australian publishers

I'm no fan of Facebook or Google but this law is just blatant protectionism for established media barons. Under the law, tech giants are only required to reach deals with organisations signed up to Australia's press regulator and earning over AUD$150,000 in at least 3 of the past 5 years. This effectively excludes most independent journalists, news blogs, and startups (which establishment media hates). Only the big players are allowed to share in the revenue while their competition is locked out.

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Only in Australia !!..

What a pathetic comedy..

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As everyone is so involved in their social media life that they have forgot that all the information is being shared on the data and the privacy never remains. Facebook or twitter or many others must operate according to the respective country laws and rules. As it is very easy way to mislead or spread misinformation amongst everyone.

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Under the law, tech giants are only required to reach deals with organisations signed up to Australia's press regulator and earning over AUD$150,000 in at least 3 of the past 5 years. This effectively excludes most independent journalists, news blogs, and startups (which establishment media hates). Only the big players are allowed to share in the revenue while their competition is locked out.

That's no good. Only protecting the big guy, and not the little guy.

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If you rely on Facebook as your primary source of news, you need your head examined. I'm not a fan of Morrison or the current Australian govt, but in this case they are 110% right. Tech giants, or multinationals of any kind, can NOT be allowed to push national governments around. Zuckerberg is simply a vain, morally empty vessel, all about endless power and ego. Take your grey T-shirts and platitudes and ... off Zuck.

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As I mentioned in another post, this is a classic free-rider problem. Facebook neither creates nor pays for the content. It does, however reap the benefits of the increased traffic.

The Australian Government is trying, if imperfectly, to rectify the situation.

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This article show it's true colours as it is written by one of the giant news services that would benefit from this law.

Landmark? Guess France's little thing doesn't count! Oh right they don't want to draw attention to that little mess.

Seems Google decided ( and rightly so) not to bother trying to make deals with small local news or independent news services as there are far to many and is only making deals with the big guys.

So in order to comply with the law those small ones with no deal are now cannot be found in searches.

Now the big guys have the playing field all to themselves.

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@Dr Maybe

So Zuckerberg is the problem.

What about Rupert Murdoch?

Because this new law is his little baby, do you honestly thing he is looking out for public interest or small independent journalists interests?

FB gives small independent and local news not affiliated to the media corporations a place to go and have people share and reach new viewers.

Under the proposed law only the big media corporations would now have deals only the big media corporations would be searchable on Google.

So great for Murdoch but devastating for the little guys.

France is now just seeing this result from its little push to do what Australia is planning.

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