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Old 02-17-2021, 07:32 PM   #1
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Facebook has gone nuclear in its long-running battle with the Australian government over news content. Australia is considering legislation that would require Facebook to pay to link to Australian news stories. In response, Facebook has announced a wide-ranging ban on users linking Australian news content.

The ban means that Facebook users in Australia can no longer make posts that link to news articles—either in the Australian media or internationally. Meanwhile, users outside of Australia can't post links to Australian news sources. The ban has already gone into effect, as I discovered when I tried to post a link to The Sydney Morning Herald on Facebook:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/arstech...posal/%3famp=1

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:35 PM   #2
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This is just a whole new level of stupid.

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 08:53 PM   #3
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In domestic Australian politics, it is widely considered a win/win scenario to simply aim the cannons outwards and let the incessant stream of rancid excrement that typifies their national culture spray only onto others.

It's like God cloned all the MAGA states and floated them off towards Antarctica and, to be perfectly honestly, the fact that their news media is pretty much Fox or OAN means the people of Facebook won't be missing out on much in any case.

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:14 PM   #4
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At least they have health care.

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:16 PM   #5
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Nothing compares to the toxic black hole that is America

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:23 PM   #6
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When I first heard all that noise about how, "We're going to build the wall and Mexico is going to pay for it," a good part of me wondered if Trump had just gotten off the phone with one of those half-term Aussie prime ministers that still unblinkingly refer to desperate refugees fleeing famine and war as "boat people." Right before they evolve into float people when the Navy sinks their vessels ahead of bundling them all onto fenced-off island prisons and refusing offers from neighboring countries to take them in.

Looks cool on tourism ads, but you're really just dealing with a giant inland Florida.

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:27 PM   #7
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I think some of my GF's family made it from Saigon to Australia on boats (in the late 70s or 80s) before heading to the USA. They are all Trump supporters. Lots of Viet boat people love Trump. Mainly cause he hated China.

She was embarrassed to tell me her parents are hard core MAGA.

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:30 PM   #8
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If you want to fit in, you've got to put on the uniform.

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:31 PM   #9
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What do the fascists wear in Australia? Are they wearing MAGA hats?

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:34 PM   #10
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The MAGA acronym works

 
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:44 PM   #11
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They mostly stick with cancer-riddled skin and helium voices to signal identity.

 
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:36 AM   #12
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read today that the FB ban includes websites for a lot more than news. Fire, Police, Political, NGOs... all banned.

 
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:42 AM   #13
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who'll come a-waltzing matilda with me?

 
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As I said in the chat, it's a bit of a worry when a song about a dumbass sheep thief that drowns himself to evade the law forms a crucial part of your national identity. Yeah, let's interrupt international sporting events to serenade the fictional ghost of a vagabond Merino rustler that committed suicide out of spite. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie — oi, oi, oi!

The emergency services, etc., ban was unintended. For all their characteristic whining, they're only actually prevented from sharing news links via Facebook — one of the worst places you can go for balanced and unbiased information. They can still visit the very same news outlets directly and the only real victims of this entire thing are people like the ultra-wealthy Rupert Murdoch who just wanted to wring more cash from the internet (which he'll be getting from Google as per that recent deal). Any talk at all about attacks upon democracy is just MAGA-inspired chunder from the outsized mouths of profiteers.

 
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where will they get their billy tea?

 
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