Shame for democracy: Australia regulator dares Facebook to block news content

Shame for democracy: Australia regulator dares Facebook to block news content

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said “it would be a shame for democracy” if Facebook blocks users in the country from sharing local and international news on its platform.

“It would be a shame for Australian democracy (and) it would be a shame for Facebook users if they took that course of action,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said in a speech delivered via Zoom.

“It would also weaken Facebook, so it’s their call,” he added. “If people can’t get their news from Facebook then they’ll go elsewhere to get their news.”

Australia has proposed forcing Facebook and internet search giant Google to pay local media outlets for content.

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