Why is that news? Because our Belize government communicates with us through Facebook and Instagram. Just a few articles:


Facebook 'unfriends' Australia: global uproar as news pages go dark

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Facebook faced a worldwide backlash from publishers and politicians on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government over a law to require it to share revenue from news.

Facebook wiped out pages from Australian state governments and charities as well as from domestic and international news organisations, three days before the launch of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-media-facebook-idUSKBN2AI02A


Facebook news ban hits emergency services and government health departments

Dozens of major health, corporate, sporting and charity Facebook pages have been blocked after being caught up in the social media giant’s decision to ban news publishers in response to the Morrison government’s proposed media bargaining laws.

The Queensland, South Australian and ACT Health Facebook pages were wiped, leaving Facebook users without access to local health information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/fac...-health-departments-20210218-p573ks.html


Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Facebook’s move to block all media content in Australia shows why countries need robust regulation to stop tech firms behaving like a “schoolyard bully”, the head of the UK’s news media trade group has said.

Henry Faure Walker, the chair of the News Media Association, said Facebook’s ban during a pandemic was “a classic example of a monopoly power being the schoolyard bully, trying to protect its dominant position with scant regard for the citizens and customers it supposedly serves”.

https://www.theguardian.com/technol...in-australia-news-row-says-uk-media-boss


'Delete the app': Former Facebook CEO unloads on the media giant's 'sad' decision to block news in Australia - and says Mark Zuckerberg is all about 'the money and the power'

The former CEO of Facebook has slammed Mark Zuckerberg's 'sad' decision to block news in Australia, while encouraging Aussies to delete the app out of protest.

The US social media giant has infuriated Australians after blocking them from reading and sharing local news in response to a world-first law to make tech giants pay media companies for the content they use.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...s-sad-decision-block-news-Australia.html


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