How Many Times Will We Let Facebook Completely Abuse Its Power? – CCN.com
Facebook recently reached a deal with Australia to restore the pages of news outlets on its website.
But the social media conglomerate illegally shut down thousands of pages in the process, including some that had no association with Australia.
This is just another case of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook abusing their power, and we should not look the other way.
Facebook has finally reached a deal with Australia. After a standstill with the Australian government over fair compensation for providing media content to the site, Facebook has unblocked Australian news pages.
But many other pages were blocked in the process. Some had nothing to do with the news. Some had nothing to do with Australia. And their content was deleted and made unshareable. It’s just the latest gaffe for a company that seems to specialize in them.
Australia decided that they were not okay with that by proposing a new law that would force these companies to pay up.
And Facebook opposed the law with everything it had. Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said that the law “ignores the reality” of the relationship Facebook has with publishers. He claimed that publishers used Facebook to share their content, as opposed to Facebook stealing it. And that is partially true.
But it’s also true that Facebook uses the content for its own benefit—to keep people hooked on its site.
While Australia reached a deal with Google, Facebook escalated the fight by banning all news outlets on its platform.
Check out this video describing the overstep:
That ban ended on Tuesday after Australia adjusted its new law. It means that Facebook won’t be penalized as long as it reaches some sort of deal with Australian media companies to pay for their news.
But in its battle to keep its billions of dollars clutched, Facebook affected the livelihood of thousands of other innocent bystanders.
Thousands of Innocent People Are Affected
In the process of trying to ban all news media in Australia, Facebook blocked pages that had nothing to do with the news. It also blocked pages that had nothing to do with Australia.
Brendan Crabb, director and CEO of the Melbourne-based Burnet Institute medical research group, toldCNN Business:
We are in the midst of a once in a century global pandemic. Has there ever been a time when the general population is more in need of quality, highly reliable, up-to-date health information?
Great question, Brendan.
How Many Times Will We Allow These Mistakes?
So let’s recap. To hold money away from some news websites, a company worth nearly a trillion dollars went on a page blocking spree that shut down communications for emergency services, health organizations, and generally innocent bystanders.