Facebook Australia row erupts: Minister says nation 'will not be intimidated – stops now!'

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Facebook Australia row erupts: Minister says nation 'will not be intimidated – stops now!'

Greg Hunt stated that Facebook's decision to block the news feeds of every Australian Facebook user was outrageous and unacceptable. Mr Hunt labell

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Greg Hunt stated that Facebook’s decision to block the news feeds of every Australian Facebook user was outrageous and unacceptable. Mr Hunt labelled the controversial move an assault on the nation and freedom. 

Mr Hunt said: “This is outrageous and unacceptable.

“We expect that Facebook will fix these actions immediately and never repeat them again.

“This is an assault on a sovereign nation, it is an assault on people’s freedom.

“And in particular, it is an abuse of big technologies market power and control over technology.

“This will go around the world but this stops.”

A Facebook statement said: “As the law does not provide clear guidance on the definition of news content, we have taken a broad definition”.

Human Rights Watch said regarding Facebook’s decision: “This is an alarming and dangerous turn of events.” 

The organisation added: “Cutting off access to vital information to an entire country in the dead of the night is unconscionable.”



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