News – AU – Facebook has been compared to North Korea for banning news

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Communications Secretary Paul Fletcher says Facebook is effectively telling Australians that you won’t find credible news content following the tech giant’s decision to ban the portions of Australian news content

Washington Prime Minister has compared Facebook to North Korea after the social media giant introduced a ban on Australian news, including restricting the opposition leader’s page weeks before the state elections

Prime Minister Mark McGowan’s Facebook page remains intact, but Liberal Leader Zak Kirkup’s profile only allows visitors to see his photo and a note: “No posts yet”

Mr. Kirkup initially seemed to shed some light on the situation and tweeted, “Okay, time to activate my MySpace account”

“While I accept that my page was removed due to a poorly written algorithm, it speaks volumes about how influential these social media giants have become in determining the course of our democracy,” he said

The Prime Minister said Facebook was harassing Australia and the company should pay for news content or risk destroying journalism

“What they are doing is wrong and they should reinstate the opposition leader, and indeed every political candidate””

Mr McGowan added that Facebook’s actions were inconsistent with democracy and the US government should not condone it

Mr. McGowan has more than 350000 followers on Facebook, while Mr Kirkup has more than 4000

The election will take place on 13 March, but people can start early voting next week

The parties of the Western Australian Liberals, Workers, Nationals and Greens still have their Facebook content available

However, other key Facebook pages were restricted, including the Department of Fire and Emergency Services in Western Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology, before both were finally restored

“After working with the Facebook team, the visibility of the DFES page has been restored and we can continue to provide critical emergency information to the WA community,” said DFES

The Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia, a nonprofit that is at the forefront of global child health research, continues to be blocked by Facebook

The city of Perth’s Facebook page was also affected, which Mayor Basil Zempilas described as “outrageous”

Facebook’s controversial move is in response to the federal government’s proposed media negotiation laws that would require tech giants to pay Australian news organizations for their content

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