It will ban the users and media companies who will share links to news companies. Facebook has taken this step on the grounds of landmark regulatory measures.
Today, in the Australian House of Representatives, this bill is passed. It is also believed that this bill will get enough votes to pass through Senate. The bill is also planning to target Google on this ground.
Google planned to leave the country last year, and Google started curbing deals with various Australian media organizations. As it appears, Facebook will not follow any lawsuit for all this.
In a blog post, Facebook claims that this law is in consideration after several thoughts. The fundamental relationship between users publishing the news content and the platform is deteriorating day by day.
William Easton released this blog post. He is the managing director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand. There are only two options available for Facebook.
The first was to comply with the law and stop the usage of Facebook in Australia.
The other one was to block the users who were using the platform for sharing news links. Facebook chose the second option as that would bring peaceful working of the platform in Australia.
These policies will severely affect various aspects of Facebook and communities. In the post by Easton, he jots down four points that how will these policies affect.
As of now, it is relying on a combination of technologies to determine these contents. Moreover, the algorithm has not yet been designed, but the processes are still going on. This technology will be able to restrict the contents rising from the Australian news companies. They also claim that the policies’ changes won’t affect any other products and services in Australia.
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