22/02/2021 17:07 GMT + 7
Facebook is facing strong opposition from Australian politics, especially after it banned people from accessing news.
A few days after its decision to block Australian media on its platform, Facebook was cut off all ads by the government. It is estimated that the world’s largest social network will lose millions of dollars. Not only that, but the company also faced a wave of strong protests from the public and the political world.
The Australian parliamentarians said that Facebook’s actions prove they are a publisher despite all previous denials and therefore, they must be responsible for content such as defamation and defamation.
Multicultural Affairs Assistant Secretary Jason Wood sees this as unacceptable behavior when Facebook wants to dictate what to post and what not to post. “They are not really against the Australian government. They are fighting the Australians and hurting those who need access to information. So, I don’t think I should pay for ads that benefit them.
Energy Minister Angus Tylor described Facebook as “arrogant” when it comes to its customers.
Meanwhile, Liberal MPs called for more monitoring of Facebook because of their recent actions. Julian Simmonds, a member of the Liberal Party, said: “Many individuals are smeared, bullied, and harassed on Facebook but less likely to be prosecuted because Facebook claims it is difficult to censor the platform. The act of shutting down all the news reinforces my previous argument that Facebook is publishers: they choose what to host on the platform.
According to Simmonds, Facebook should be held accountable under Australian law as a publisher and citizens should have the right to sue Facebook for containing comments that are defamatory or harassing them. It may need new supervisory rules.
Another Liberal MP, Fiona Martin, argued that the federal Electronic Safety Commission needs more power over Facebook and other companies. “Some issues, especially false information and abuse, should be within the scope of the electronic safety commissioner,” she argued.
Senator Andrew Bragg said that Facebook proves the point that big technology firms are both utility companies and publishers. “They resemble banks, carriers, and utilities because they provide basic consumer services, everywhere. However, they also asserted the role of publishers: platform censorship and user removal. The most troublesome is that they do not seem willing to remove defamatory, provocative content on the platforms.
Some lawmakers who once opposed tough regulation to Facebook have also changed their views due to fears of the company’s market power. Senator Bragg said that, when removing real news, Facebook has become a paradise of fake news. “Finally, we should not hesitate to enter this regulatory space. One function of Australian liberalism is to promote markets but are willing to regulate it in the interests of the public or where markets fail.
Du Lam (According to SMH)
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