Today Facebook has taken the step of blocking Australians’ ability to share news links in response to the Government’s attempts at regulation.
Unfortunately, both the CA ANZ and Acuity Facebook pages have been blocked in this move. However, while CA ANZ and Acuity Facebook posts are not visible to Facebook users in Australia, they remain visible to people in NZ to varying degrees.
Some of the content shared into our Facebook Member Groups has been affected, but not all, and we are currently auditing the impact.
CA ANZ members can still see our content posted into our Facebook Regional Groups, and our member-only My CA forums have not been impacted. Instagram is also not affected.
Facebook has indicated that an appeals process will be made available from 25 February and we will definitely appeal if the issue hasn’t been resolved before then.
We will keep members updated as the situation changes.
“As the law does not provide clear guidance on the definition of news content, we have taken a broad definition in order to respect the law as drafted,” a Facebook spokesperson told The New Daily news outlet. “We will reverse any pages that are inadvertently impacted.”
The New Daily reports that the Government has been pushing to regulate Facebook and Google by forcing them to make significant concessions and payments to news organisations. Large news outlets such as Nine and Seven West had signed lucrative deals with Google for its Showcase news program, and Facebook had been expected to follow suit.
But early on Thursday, Facebook Australia’s managing director, Will Easton, published a blog post announcing that publishers and users would be immediately blocked “from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.”
“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” he said.
“It has left us facing a stark choice: Attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”
Read more about the Facebook news ban
Read The New Daily article covering Facebook’s decision.Read more
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Facebook regional groups
Members can still gain access by joining their regional Facebook group.Find out more