Australian Govt Investigating Facebook & Google For Censoring News They Don’t Like
It appears the Australian government is taking measure the United States should have done long, long ago.
Australia’s competition regulator said on Monday it would investigate whether U.S. online giants Facebook and Alphabet’s Google had disrupted the news media to the detriment of publishers and consumers.
Conservatives across the world know this is true, having been persecuted by both Facebook and Google. Some conservative Facebook users have likened telling the truth on the social media network is akin to Anne Frank trying to sneak messages from her attic past the Gestapo. They report incidences of being locked out of their accounts for supposed violations, but were never given a reason why, except the vague statement that there was some sort of rule broken.
While Facebook has been doing that, Google has openly admitted to censoring website they do not like, and often place conservative websites on their blacklist, which removes the websites from search results. Effectively, Google signs a death sentence for those websites, simply because the overlords of Google don’t agree with them.
Like their rivals globally, Australia’s traditional media companies have been squeezed by online rivals, as advertising dollars have followed eyeballs to digital distributors such as Google, Facebook and Netflix.
The government ordered the probe as part of wider media reforms, amid growing concern for the future of journalism and the quality of news following years of declining profits and newsroom job cuts, reports CNBC.
“We will examine whether platforms are exercising market power in commercial dealings to the detriment of consumers, media content creators and advertisers,” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.
The inquiry also would study how Facebook and Google operated to “fully understand their influence in Australia,” he added.
The probe will have power to demand information from businesses and hold hearings. It is due to make its final report in 18 months.
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