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Topic : Facebook may block Australians from sharing news articles
2020호 9면
 
TITLE : Facebook may block Australians from sharing news articles

Facebook may block Australians from sharing news articles


Facebook may block Australians from sharing news articles | News | DW |  01.09.2020

 

 

Facebook has threatened to ban users in Australia from sharing news stories on its platform after the government proposed legislation that would require digital giants to pay local media houses for content.

 

 

After the Australian government said digital giants should compensate media houses for using their stories, Facebook has issued an unprecedented threat that it may ban the country’s users from sharing news stories on its platforms.

 

"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," said Facebook’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Will Easton, in a blog post.

 

He also added that the proposed law required the company to choose between "either removing news entirely or accepting a system that lets publishers charge us for as much content as they want at a price with no clear limits."

 

Australia is planning to enforce some of the strictest limitations on the powers of digital giants like Facebook and Google, which would require the companies to pay for the content they use from local news outlets. The aim is to bring in more transparency into how the platforms use their algorithms to rank content.

 

In a separate open letter, Google said that the proposed law was a threat to individual privacy and could impact the way Australians use the company’s platforms in terms of free services. 

 

However, local media organizations and nonprofits have expressed their support for the government’s move.

 

"Mark Zuckerberg is happy to let Facebook be a tool to spread misinformation and fake news, but is apparently fine with Facebook dropping real news altogether," said John Stanton, co-founder of the Save Journalism Project, which looks at the impact big tech has on the free press.

 

"Regulators need to reign in the tech giants' total domination of the online marketplace before it's too late," he added.

 

Source : https://www.dw.com/en/facebook-may-block-australians-from-sharing-news-articles/a-54776266

 

Comprehension

What is the proposed legislation in Australia regarding digital giants?
What has Facebook threatened to do?
What is the aim of this new legislation?
According to Google, what would be the impact of this proposed law?
What is the reaction of the local media organizations and nonprofits regarding this issue?
Why do they support this government’s move?

Discussion

What do you think about this article?
Do you agree that the proposed regulation is fair? Why or why not?
Do you read news?
Where do you get most of your news?
Do you like to share news in your social networking sites?
Do you agree that some social media platforms become a tool to spread misinformation and fake news?
Do you think people need to know all of the news?
What do you think Australian news companies should do if Facebook and Google do not agree with the proposed regulation?
Do you think businesses in your country can succeed even without depending on Facebook and Google? Why or why not?

Vocabulary

digital giants - top revenue-generating companies that use digital technologies to advance business and society in innovative ways
outlets - a publication or broadcast organization
algorithms -a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.
domination - the exercise of control or influence over someone or something, or the state of being so controlled.