But, in places where that particular right does not exist, and the people are used to tempering speech one way or another, the thought of being blacklisted isn’t so shocking. Although, in Australia, the issue facing the blocking of the sharing of information on Facebook, anyway, has to do with a proposed law stating that Facebook would bear the cost of its users sharing articles from a number of news outlets on the platform.
The users would not be charged, and no mention of the increased number of clicks that news outlets would get which would allow them to increase ad revenues. No…Facebook would be required to pay the fees and bear the brunt of the sharing.
In a statement, Facebook’s Australia and New Zealand managing director Will Easton said the proposed overhaul ‘misunderstands the dynamics of the internet’.
‘Most perplexing, it would force Facebook to pay news organizations for content that the publishers voluntarily place on our platforms and at a price that ignores the financial value we bring publishers,’ he said.
‘Assuming this draft code becomes law, we will reluctantly stop allowing publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram.
‘This is not our first choice – it is our last. But it is the only way to protect against an outcome that defies logic and will hurt, not help, the long-term vibrancy of Australia’s news and media sector.’
What this move will really do is stifle the sharing of information, not just the collection of it, as the Australian government alleges.
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