Facebook news ban: A media bargaining code won’t protect journalism or democracy

News lockout ... Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The LNP government is pulling out all stops to help Murdoch and Costello before the next election. If they truly wanted a real diverse information service rather than police Google and Facebook they should have enabled the ABC to develop a public rather than controlled service and invested funds instead of cutting those of the ABC. The ABC has protected us from the absolute crap and propaganda promoted on our privatized MSM. We as tax payers have seen our taxes abused, politicized and promises broken by the LNP at the fastest and most egregious rate in the past 8 years. How can the unions, multicultural, indigenous and critical communities communicate? At election times the LNP certainly doesn’t want them to.

Facebook blocking such a broad range of content will have a disproportionate impact on small community organisations and independent media, and in turn harm marginalised groups who have come to rely on the accessibility and ease of Facebook in accessing critical services and information. The code was never written with these groups in mind.

Facebook news ban: A media bargaining code won’t protect journalism or democracy

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