May 6, 2022
Facebook's Australia news ban overblocked on purpose, whistleblowers claim
Facebook deliberately used an over-zealous blocking system that took down the pages of Australian emergency services last year as a negotiating tactic, whistleblowers claim. The day after the first vote, Facebook took down all news pages in Australia - and many that had nothing to do with news. Facebook parent company Meta denies the substance of the whistleblowers' claims. Whistleblower Aid's chief executive, Libby Liu, said that Facebook has "Enormous power" over information. A partnership between Whistleblower Aid and The Wall Street Journal was also behind the revelations of Frances Haugen, a whistleblower who provided internal Facebook documents on a wide array of issues last year which saw Facebook - and Ms Haugen - quizzed by regulators and politicians worldwide.
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