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Is a defamatory comment left on your Facebook page more like graffiti on a wall, a streaker on live TV, or a hand-delivered telegram? Whatever your metaphor, Australian courts now say publishers are legally liable for words they neither wrote nor published.
The federal government should follow Australia’s lead in forcing arbitration between platforms and publishers when needed.
“One cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”
Campbell Brown, Facebook’s VP of global news partnerships, stressed that Facebook retained the ability to take down news in Australia again.
If the current situation continues, it may leave Facebook operating much more like the Chinese platform WeChat, where news is ruled by platform-specific content houses cranking out huge volumes of low-quality articles.
Newspaper closures and job losses have hit areas outside Australian cities hard. Removing news from Facebook will further restrict the choices of people with already limited access to news.
Audience declines of 20 percent or more have followed Facebook taking its traffic ball and going home.
Lifestyle and youth publishers that source the majority of their traffic from Facebook face closure, while traditional media players that campaigned for the laws look set to be the relative winners.
“It is not common for a parliamentary inquiry to have to rebut the dodgy scientific claims it receives in the form of public submissions.”