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Mobile-phone screen shows message from Facebook announcing its new rules for news sites on its platform. Newspaper underneath the phone.

The Australian government passed a law requiring Google and Facebook (and others) to pay for news content created by others. In response, Facebook banned all Australian news content from its platform.

One of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers described it as “an act of war”. But others see the actions of Australia’s politicians as being an outrage against the principle of net neutrality.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: February 19th, 2021

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/56127158

Discussion

  1. The article suggests that as a result of the Facebook ban on posting Australian news articles, the number of fake news articles being shown, or more properly, the prominence of fake news articles as a result of real news articles not being shown, has gone up. Why is this”
  2. What is “net neutrality” and why is this a part of that issue?

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