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Facebook accused of deliberately disrupting Australia emergency services

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Posted: 08/05/22 - 00:12
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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 social network moved to block all news outlets in Australia over a row about paying news providers.

But fire services and state health services were also blocked, during fire season and Australia's vaccine rollout.

Facebook says blocking other pages had been an honest mistake.

Former employees, backed by the Whistleblower Aid charity, say the company intentionally "over-blocked" Australian pages at a critical time to gain leverage over the Australian government.

"It was clear this was not us complying with the law, but a hit on civic institutions and emergency services in Australia," one employee who worked on the project said, in submissions to Australian and US authorities and reported first by The Wall Street Journal.

I Call True: Calling a true vote on this, and if proven Mark Zuckerberg should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This was a despicable act if true.

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19 days
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Thank goodness that Twitter will soon be in the hands of a libertarian and not some Globalist profiteer like Zuckerberg.
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The old 'by accident' trick eh?
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Big business doing what ever it takes to keep itself churning from the front. I am not shocked to hear of any dirty tactics levelled at Facebook