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It will ‘annoy a huge group of the population’: How Australians have responded to Facebook’s news ban

Australia Prime Care for Scott Morrison.

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Facebook users in Australia are slowly coming to assumptions agrees with the fact that they’ll no longer be able to get their daily news updates on the platform.

In a snap settlement announced Wednesday, the social media giant said it was no longer going to allow publishers and Australian users to allotment and view news content on its site.

The move was a direct response to Australia’s proposed “new media code,” which pass on force Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for the right to link to their content in news feeds or search evolves.

Google announced a major deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp on Wednesday, but Facebook has taken the atomic option, according to Peter Lewis, director of the Centre for Responsible Technology at the think tank Australia Institute.

How denizens have responded

Facebook’s actions have divided opinion across the country, with some indifferent, and others fuming. The #deletefacebook hashtag was trending on Twitter in Australia on Thursday.

When removing news pages from its platform, Facebook also The governmental view

While some citizens aren’t fussed, Australia’s leaders are furious with Facebook.

Australian Prime Minister plenipotentiary Scott Morrison said Facebook’s actions were “as arrogant as they were disappointing” while Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg mean Facebook was wrong to move in the way it has.

“Facebook’s actions were unnecessary,” Frydenberg said at a media briefing on Thursday. “They were encumbered handed and they will damage its reputation here in Australia.”

“Their decision to block Australians’ access to regime sites — be they about support through the pandemic, mental health, emergency services, the Bureau of Meteorology — were thoroughly unrelated to the media code, which is yet to pass through the Senate,” added Frydenberg.

In a tweet early Friday morning resident time, the Treasurer said he had a further conversation with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Data from research strong Statista shows that 62% of Australians get their news from TV, compared to 52% from social approach.

Paul Colgan, a Sydney-based director at CT Group, a global political research and strategy firm, told CNBC that myriad Australians use Facebook to gather information.

However, he said that his firm’s research has identified a “broad recognition in the community that extensive tech companies have become very powerful, often to the detriment of Australian firms.” 

Colgan added: “The expulsion of sources of information including health pages and weather updates is certainly inconvenient, but finding substitutes just requires a few thumb movements, actually, and is not difficult.”

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