How Australia Has Missed the Forest for the Trees with the New Media Laws

Going forward, the government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won’t automatically be subject to a forced negotiation.

As tweeted by Kevin Rudd

“The reality is, News Corp and Murdoch have done enormous damage to Western democracy, and in particular to the United States and to Australia.” (1:06 at the below video… but I highly encourage you to watch the whole thing).

It is an incredible situation: Google, a company that prides itself on sustainability and climate issues, is about to commence paying money to News Corp in exchange for packages of misinformation, denialism, hate, bigotry and fabricated news items. Sky News Australia misinformation — such as made up story about Germany’s grid — already appears prominently in Google News results for renewable energy.

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