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UK News Media Association: Facebook is school yard bully

Christian Fernsby |
The UK News Media Association’s chairman Henry Faure Walker has accused Facebook of behaving like a school yard bully after the company blocked all news content in Australia.

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Topics: FACEBOOK   

The social media giant prevented users in Australia from accessing or sharing news content on Thursday morning, in response to a draft law in the country that seeks to make tech companies pay media organizations for journalism on their platforms.

The move by Facebook has sparked international criticism, including from UK News Media Association chairman Henry Faure Walker, who accused the company of acting with “scant regard for the citizens and customers it supposedly serves.”

"...a classic example of a monopoly power being the school yard bully, trying to protect its dominant position.

Speaking about how countries should respond to Facebook’s behavior, Walker stated that its actions “demonstrate precisely why we need jurisdictions across the globe, including the UK, to coordinate to deliver robust regulation.”

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