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The U.K. and Canada look ready to copy Australia’s idea to force Google and Facebook to give publishers money. But it’s a warped system that rewards the wrong things and lies about where the real value in news lies.
“Readers want to be contributing to something that is successful. So you have to be careful about crisis messaging, saying, ‘Oh gosh, we’re going to go under if we don’t get support.'”
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.