When Facebook can’t stay away from disputes

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It seems like Facebook is unable to stay away from the storm’s eye. In fact, the criticism and disputes seem never-ending. Indeed, the popular social network isn’t just popular among its users. It’s also popular among lawmakers, everywhere in the world.

So, what has the Zuckenberg’s baby been up to?

Battling it out in Australia

The government has proposed a law for Internet companies. According to this executive proposal, the Internet media platform has to pay news organizations. These platforms have to pay editors when they share their news. According to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Facebook accounts for 23% of the online advertising revenue.

Furthermore, the legislation would institute a panel with the aim of putting price tags on the news. In a first response, the social network has blocked people, making it impossible for them to access and share Australian news

Later, Facebook restored the feature when both parties negotiated. The Australian government changed bits of the law, allowing the network to avoid the new code if it can strike deals with Australian media news.

On the other hand, the country’s executive has already passed the law.

European soccer vs Facebook

Another continent, another dispute for the Silicon Valley giant. As the website DW reports, UK top football officials have claimed that the network is a place of abuse. These officials have sent a letter to Facebook, claiming that racists and abuse have been sent to the League’s players.

“Your inaction has created the belief in the minds of the anonymous perpetrators that they are beyond reach,” the letter said, “the language used is debasing, often threatening and illegal.”

The letter has weight. Because it’s not only signed by the English league. Co-signers include the Premier League, the European League of Football, and the Professional Footballers Association. Indeed, it’s European soccer, not only British.

Both the players and the officials agree: Facebook isn’t doing enough. They are asking for the blocking of offensive content and for the deletion of discriminatory messages. Finally, they want better  verification methods against fake or banned accounts.

So far, Facebook hasn’t answered. But Zuckenberg’s platform isn’t new to this type of criticism.

So, is popular social media doing enough? Enough to give back to the community and to protect its users. The answer is up for debate.


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