Facebook chose to employ the nuclear option in its response to the Australian Government’s proposed new media code by pulling Australian news off of its platform. The response from the Government and media outlets was immediate, with Facebook receiving widespread backlash at not only doing this, but by inadvertently removing non-related material by mistake. With Google deciding to cut deals with media outlets as an alternative solution, will the Australian Government’s fight with Facebook ever be resolved? Steve and Ben examine Facebook’s actions, and how the world is keenly watching the outcome of this battle for the eventual precedents set and will likely occur in other countries. Steve and Ben also discuss the successful landing of the Mars rover Perseverance.
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