If you haven’t heard, last Thursday Australia woke up to a Facebook ban. All news, and pages with news, had been wiped.
The history behind it is new legislation in Oz that requires outlets to pay for the news they are reporting… makes sense, news outlets need to make money too. Google threatened to pull its search engine from Australia, but the government didn’t back down. Google are paying for the news.
But not Facebook. They’re barrelling along with their bullying tactics and have removed news (and a lot of sites that weren’t news sites). Doesn’t bother me as I never would use FB as a news source, but apparently a lot of people do. All they have left are the conspiracy type sites, all legitimate news is gone.
I don’t think FB understands Aussies. We don’t respond well to those tactics. One survey I saw yesterday afternoon had the majority of people responding they’ll boycott FB. When Google threatened everyone stopped Googling and used other search engines. With the ongoing China dramas, most of us aren’t buying things made in China.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out, but companies and countries need to understand, Aussies won’t be bullied.
What do you think about Facebook’s behaviour? Would you boycott the site?