IN SURPRISE MOVE, FACEBOOK BLOCKS NEWS ACCESS IN AUSTRALIA
Techlife News|Techlife News #486
In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content.

Australia’s government condemned the step, which also blocked some government communications, including messages about emergency services, and some commercial pages.

The digital platforms fear that what’s happening in Australia will become an expensive precedent for other countries as governments revamp laws to catch up with the fast changing digital world.

Facebook acted after the House of Representatives passed legislation that would make it and Google pay for Australian journalism, said Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. He said he was given no warning before Facebook acted. The legislation must be passed by the Senate to become law.

Australian news organizations could not post stories and people who tried to share existing news stories got notifications saying they were blocked from doing so .

“This post can’t be shared,” the website said. “In response to Australian government legislation, Facebook restricts the posting of news links and all posts from news Pages in Australia. Globally, the posting and sharing of news links from Australian publications is restricted.”

The legislation mentioned by the notice has not yet been enacted.

“Facebook’s actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed and they will damage its reputation here in Australia,” Frydenberg said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison lashed out on his own Facebook page.

“Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing,” Morrison posted.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM TECHLIFE NEWSView All

$1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS HELPED MARCH RETAIL SALES SOAR 9.8%

Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month, buying new clothes and going out to eat again.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

BIG-BUSINESS PUSHBACK AGAINST VOTING MEASURES GAINS MOMENTUM

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation.”

4 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

THE DISABLED HOPE THEIR OSCAR MOMENT CAN BECOME A MOVEMENT

Right down to its production design, the Oscars have not always felt like the most welcoming place for the disabled.

5 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

A $1.2 BILLION LOSS FOR DELTA, BUT RECOVERY IS ON THE RADAR

Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by late summer if the budding recovery in air travel continues.

3 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

USERS COULD SOON HIDE ‘LIKE' COUNTS ON INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK

The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an insidious way of measuring self-worth and popularity.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

DRIVERS WANTED: RECORD DEMAND AT UBER AS VACCINATIONS RISE

Uber is offering sign-up bonuses and other incentives for drivers as it faces record demand for rides and meal delivery.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

US RECOMMENDS ‘PAUSE' FOR J&J SHOTS IN BLOW TO VACCINE DRIVE

The U.S. recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccination campaign.

5 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

COINBASE SOARS IN MARKET DEBUT, VALUED NEAR $86 BILLION

Coinbase made a rousing debut on Wall Street Wednesday, with shares of the digital currency exchange rising as high as $429, briefly giving it a market value over $100 billion.

3 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

GOOGLE EARTH ADDS TIME LAPSE VIDEO TO DEPICT CLIMATE CHANGE

The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #494

DOGECOIN: THE NEW BITCOIN IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

DISCLAIMER The Content of this article is for informational purposes only, you should not construe any such information or other material as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice. Nothing contained constitutes a solicitation, recommendation, endorsement, or offer by HII or any third party service provider to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments in this or in any other jurisdiction in which such solicitation or offer would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. All Content presented is the information of a general nature and does not address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Nothing in the article or website constitutes professional and/or financial advice.

8 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #487
RELATED STORIES

FACEBOOK USERS CAN APPEAL HARMFUL CONTENT TO OVERSIGHT BOARD

Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board said this week that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn’t have allowed to stay on its platforms.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #494

FACEBOOK DELIVERS BIASED JOB ADS, SKEWED BY GENDER

Facebook is showing different job ads to women and men in a way that might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws, according to a new study.

4 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #494

HOW GOOGLE COULD TURN ANDROID INTO JUST ANOTHER SUBSCRIPTION

WITH A SMALL CHANGE TO PHOTOS, GOOGLE COULD BE UPENDING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT ANDROID UPDATES.

4 mins read
PCWorld
April 2021

Get Organized and Build Your Brand

These Digital Tools Will Optimize Operations in Your Home Office This Spring

3 mins read
Home Business Magazine
Spring 2021

7 Home Businesses You Can Launch in 2021

If you're considering starting your own business in 2021, you're in good company. Many people are looking to pivot and try something new in light of the recent economic climate.

6 mins read
Home Business Magazine
Spring 2021

Big Shift for Marketers

We’ve Seen the Future and There Are No Cookies

4 mins read
Home Business Magazine
Spring 2021

FACEBOOK DATA ON MORE THAN 500M ACCOUNTS FOUND ONLINE

Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
April 09, 2021

CEO OF GOOGLE'S SELF-DRIVING CAR SPINOFF STEPS DOWN FROM JOB

The executive who steered the transformation of Google’s self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the job.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
April 09, 2021

Your Facebook Friend Has Some Thoughts To Share About Your Covid Vaccine

Mark Zuckerberg wanted to make Facebook a source of reliable information about the pandemic. Instead he created a perfect platform for conspiracy theorists

10+ mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
April 12, 2021

High Court Sides With Google in Copyright Fight With Oracle

Technology companies sighed with relief after the Supreme Court sided with Google in a copyright dispute with Oracle. The high court said Google did nothing wrong in copying code to develop the Android operating system now used on most smartphones.

4 mins read
AppleMagazine
April 09, 2021