Facebook lifts Aussie news quality by banning itself

It’s responsible for much that is bad in the contemporary political economy. Its algos feed biases. Its lack of editorial standards feeds conspiracy theorists. It divides more than it brings together. And today it has taken on the mantle of a coercive foreign power. Witness the marvel that is Facebook:

Social media giant Facebook will prohibit publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content in response to Australia’s proposed media bargaining laws.

The company announced the move after saying it was left with a “stark choice” after being unable to find a “solution” in discussions with the Australian government.

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