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Social platforms know transparency matters when it comes to political advertising, but they’re also able to control the terms of that transparency.
“Food Only” turned out to be impossible.
“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.
The tests will rely on an algorithm to detect political content. It’s unclear how it will handle breaking news articles or posts from groups.