What Facebook’s Australia news ban could mean for its future in the US | Facebook

Facebook’s dramatic decision last week to block news from being shared to its users in Australia is already seeing global legislative aftershocks and may present new challenges for the company in the US. Facebook in mid-February banned Australian news organizations from posting content on the platform and barred users based Continue Reading

UK culture secretary warns Facebook after news ban in Australia | Facebook

The UK culture secretary has said Facebook’s recent decision to ban Australian users from accessing news on its platform was concerning, and said the firm was “putting its bottom line above the public interest”. Oliver Dowden suggested he was minded to pursue tougher regulation after a meeting on Thursday night Continue Reading

Facebook ‘over-enforced’ Australia news ban, admits Nick Clegg | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook “erred on the side of over-enforcement” in removing links to hundreds of non-media organisations in Australia, Nick Clegg has admitted, in a blogpost defending the social media company’s short-lived news ban there. The former UK deputy prime minister, who is now Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs and communications, said Continue Reading

Competition watchdog expects Google and Facebook to strike deal with small publishers | Australia news

If smaller and regional publishers don’t get a deal under the news media code, the government retains the “trigger” to force Google and Facebook to the negotiating table, competition tsar Rod Sims says. The code passed the Senate on Wednesday evening with amendments, a day after the Morrison government struck Continue Reading

Google News Initiative Launches in Africa – Tempemail

Image sourced from Pymnts Google has announced the second Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Africa, with an “open call for projects that increase reader engagement and explore new business models for media”. The first GNI Innovation Challenge saw 21 projects in 13 countries receive funding last year. Awardees were Continue Reading

Facebook reverses Australia news ban after government makes media code amendments | Australian media

Facebook will restore Australian news pages in the next few days after the government agreed to more amendments to the media bargaining code that makes the social network and Google pay for news. On Thursday Facebook blocked all news on its platform in Australia, and inadvertently blocked information and government Continue Reading

No 10 ‘concerned’ about Facebook news shutdown in Australia | Facebook

The UK government is “obviously concerned” at the repercussions of Facebook’s shutdown of large numbers of news and public information resources in Australia, Downing Street has said, confirming that the culture secretary will meet the US company this week. Oliver Dowden is “expecting to meet Facebook this week”, Boris Johnson’s Continue Reading

Australian government ready to pursue Facebook and Twitter if misinformation code doesn’t work | Australia news- Tempemail

The Australian government has not ruled out taking tougher action against social media giants like Facebook and Twitter if a new industry-developed code fails to limit the spread of misinformation and disinformation on their platforms. The new code of practice, developed by industry organisation Digi and released on Monday, has Continue Reading

Why Facebook blocked news in Australia, and what comes next | Australia news

On Thursday, Facebook blocked all news on its platform in Australia. This historic move came during escalating tensions over legislation that would force Facebook and Google to negotiate a fair payment with news organisations for using their content. Reporter Joshua Taylor explains the key arguments for and against the Media Continue Reading

Smuggled diary tells how abducted women survived Boko Haram camp | World news- Tempemail

The resistance began three months after the young women were taken from their school dormitory by Islamist militants and hidden in the depths of a forest. It would end in direct confrontation and disobedience, and an unlikely victory which saved their lives. But as the extremists of Boko Haram drove Continue Reading