Facebook Inc. A warning that it would prevent users in Australia from sharing stories from major media outlets, which further proposed legislation compels Internet companies to pay for the privilege of their users who do so.
The proposed legislation, technically a “mandatory code of conduct”, was proposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and ordered to become something by the Australian Government. In fact, it would force major Internet companies such as Facebook, Google LLC, and others to hand over money to major broadcasters for the privilege of sharing user links to major media sites.
The much shorter version is that it is a link tax. The Anti-Corruption Commission, the Australian government, and its media backers, including Robert Murdoch News Corp, argue that the likes of Google and Facebook “steal” their news without paying for it when sharing links on Google News or Facebook pages We do. The so-called “piracy” is nothing more than a story union and a 20-word propaganda piece from the top of the story concerned.
“We will not allow local and international news in Australia to be shared on Facebook and Instagram,” Facebook Australia and New Zealand managing director Will Easton said in a statement. “It’s not our first option – it’s the last option. But it’s the only way to defend against an outcome that defies logic and will harm, and won’t help the long-term vitality of the news and media sector in Australia.
Easton said Facebook supports the Australian government’s goal of supporting struggling local news organizations while saying that the correlation tax is unproductive to that goal.
“The proposed legislation is unprecedented in its reach and attempts to regulate every aspect of technology companies’ dealings with news publishers,” Easton said. “What’s more shocking is that it will force Facebook to pay news organizations money for content that publishers voluntarily place on our platforms and at a price that we bring to the monetary value for publishers. “
Madness is not new to Australia as the Australian state of Victoria is currently experiencing one of the most severe COVID-19 lockdown measures in the world. In a playbook from Orwell’s novel, many Victorians support the lack of independence.
The introduction of the associated tax of Australia as a global tax is not new. Spain tried to do the same in 2014 and it did not go well. Google has just ceased operations in the country. Australia is likely to face a similar result.