Facebook stops sharing news in Australia. Is Canada next?Social media companies that censor users or remove posts for ideological reasons could soon face fines in Poland in a world-first attempt to curb the power of Big Tech through legislation.
Speaking to Fox News, the architect of the law, Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta, said social media companies have for too long been targeting conservatives, Christianity and traditional values by banning them and removing posts and the Polish government is saying "enough!"
"We see that when Big Tech decides to remove content for political purposes, it’s mostly content which praises traditional values or praises conservatism," he said, "and it is deleted under their 'hate speech policy' when it has no legal right to do so."
Under the new legislation, any platform that bans a user would face fines of $13.5 million unless the content is also illegal under Polish law. An arbitration committee would be set up to oversee disputes.
Tech companies had reached a point where they were deciding what was legal and what was not -- but that was not their role, Kaleta says.
"Freedom of speech is not something that anonymous moderators working for private companies should decide," he said. "Instead, that is for the national body; duly elected officials and all industries, car, phones, finance -- were unregulated till they grew too large -- the same should happen with Big Tech."
Canada’s federal government, which is working on rules to make digital platforms pay media companies, is launching a new round of consultations with both media organizations and digital platforms in light of global developments, a senior government source told the Star on Wednesday.
Facebook, one of the biggest news-sharing platforms in the world, dropped a bombshell on Australia in response to the rules, saying it would stop allowing users in the country to share news on its platform.
“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content. It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia,” a statement from Facebook said.
“With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”
Meanwhile, Google has been striking deals with media companies and on the same day as Facebook’s decision, announced an agreement with News Corp, the storied media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Mr Morrison said that big tech companies might be changing the world but this did not mean they should run it.
"Facebook's actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing," he said.
"I am in regular contact with the leaders of other nations on these issues. We simply won't be intimidated," he added.
Mr Morrison urged Facebook to work constructively with the government, "as Google recently demonstrated in good faith".
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the ban on news information had a "huge community impact". About 17 million Australians visit the social media site every month.
Other officials were less diplomatic. Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan accused the company of "behaving like a North Korean dictator".
Others suggested that a news vacuum could be filled by misinformation and conspiracy theories. In a tweet, Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies described the move as a "tantrum".
Human Rights Watch' Australia director said Facebook was censoring the flow of information in the country - calling it a "dangerous turn of events".
"Cutting off access to vital information to an entire country in the dead of the night is unconscionable," said Elaine Pearson.
Most people are just using Facebook's other platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram. It's been known that a lot of "Facebook users" are aging or not being used by younger users since it's not "cool" anymore.Pansin ko na maraming nagdedeactivate na ngayon ng FB. Siguro dahil na rin sa mga toxic political posts
So kakalas kaya ang Rappler sa fact-checking partnership nito with FB? Haha.Imbey si gGTPJ sa ginawa ni Mark Z sa AUS.
After praising FB before, matagal ng imbey si gGTPJ dun sa socmed giant, especially nung nanalo si Dugong noong 2016.So kakalas kaya ang Rappler sa fact-checking partnership nito with FB? Haha.
OT: is B.P. the Admin?Anyway, totoo ito, may isang Australian-based railway group na member ako (and perhaps some of SSCers here na maka-riles), yung pinaka-admin ng group, hindi makapag-post ng balita nang dahil sa isyu ng FB sa AUS Government.
Yeah....there is a reason why Lex Luthor was based on Mark Zuckerberg in the recent Superman movies. They even used the same actor that played him in the Social Network movie.
The Philippines’ mobile internet speed broke the top 100 as it jumped to 111th to 86th spot in January 2021 from the same period last year, according to a report obtained from global internet testing leader Ookla
The latest data from Ookla—a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics —revealed that the Philippines' ranking in terms of mobile internet speeds is up by 10 spots from December, even beating Russia, Malaysia, Peru and Jordan.