Serious criticism: former CEO of Facebook Australia asks to ‘remove’ the app
Since last Thursday, February 11, in Australia news cannot be read or shared through the social network Facebook.
The measures were taken due to new legislation in that country that would force the tech giants to pay for sharing information from the media. Facebook, refusing to comply with the guideline, decided to close all media profiles on the platform.
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The shocking decision the social network made it was criticized by users, government officials and even former company employees.
Stephen Scheeler, former CEO of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, criticized this ban. According to the ‘Daily Mail’, the man would have declined from his position as CEO in 2017 and, now, gave statements about the situation.
“I’m a proud ‘ex-Facebooker’, but over the years I get more and more exasperated. For Facebook and Mark it’s all too much about money and power, not the good stuff”, He assured.
What worries him about the new measure, he said, is that it could lead to an increase in fake news and misinformation on the platform.
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He also referred to the great power that social networks have and the problem of not having rigorous control over them. “I’m sad for Facebook in a way, but if you wanted an obvious example of why it needs more regulation, this is“he claimed.
Scheeler encouraged Australians to remove the app to send a strong message to the company in the face of this controversial decision.
“Imagine if a Chinese company, for example, had done this, we would be on a war footing. All Australians should be quite alarmed by this“, he concluded.
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Regulation and government
As explained by the ‘AFP’, the government decision that so disturbed Zuckerberg was due to studies carried out by regulators of digital content on the Internet in Australia.
Regulators placed special emphasis on the control of online advertising that these companies have and its impact on the media, which are experiencing a crisis in the oceanic country.
The ‘AFP’ assured that, according to the Australian competition control body, for every $ 100 spent on ‘online’ advertising, Google takes 53, Facebook 28 and the rest is distributed among the others involved.
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That is why, by law, a more balanced competition is sought in which both Google and Facebook pay to use informational content.
After long debating these regulations, the House of Representatives approved the legislative proposal and, according to ‘AFP’, the ‘green light’ is imminent in the Senate.
Google agreed to the new laws, although in principle they did not agree. As reported by ‘Daily Mail’, ‘Seven West Media’ and ‘Nine Entertainment’, Australia’s two largest television stations, have already reached agreements with Google worth a collective $ 60 million a year.
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Facebook executives feared Giving in to the laws could set a world precedent in which the platform would be forced to pay to distribute news.
But now news is completely banned on Facebook.
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, indicated his willingness to move forward with the legislation and assured that the government will not be intimidated by the technology giant.
Stephen Scheeler declared that Facebook is now more powerful than the world’s major governments. “There are no ballot boxes where you can vote against Mark Zuckerberg. And, in fact, if you are a shareholder in Facebook, your vote does not carry any weight. ”
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Morrison stated through his Facebook account that: “these actions only confirmed the concerns that a large number of countries are expressing about the behavior of BigTech companies that they think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them ”.
After two decades of regulations that did not affect them much, technology companies such as Google and Facebook are beginning to be subjected to more adjustments and decisions by governments around the world.