Australia being bullied by big tech.

Back in the days when assorted sauropods roamed the Earth and Tyrannosaurus Paper was king, I worked for an organisation that circulated internally a digest of the day’s news. First thing in the morning an analyst went through a selection of foreign and domestic newspapers highlighting pertinent items with a brief annotation. It was then passed to admin who photocopied the marked articles, made a bulldog clipped bundle with a circulation list on the front. It would then start its day’s journey around the building dropping into in trays and after a quick scan read and a tick of the circulation list, be placed in the out tray for onward circulation. If the list wasn’t back with admin by COB, a search of in and pending trays was initiated and the offender removed from the circulation list.

It wasn’t a bad system apart from the predictable procedural flaws and the pop luck of which analyst marked up that days papers. If he was one of the good ones, the bundle was small and pertinent. If you got a bad one, it wasn’t either and the signal to noise ratio made it not worth ploughing through the resulting bale of paper. It wasn’t a common practice. If it had become widespread, then the newspaper industry producing the articles would soon have objected.

Roll on more decades than I care to think about, and the same essential system with a few go faster stripes now exists on the internet in the form of Facebook. The big difference is the news is not just being circulated around a building, but amongst Facebook’s 3 billion active monthly users. Whichever way you look at it, news articles are what’s termed content and both time and money has to be spent producing it. It’s a rare thing these days for me to have any sympathy with news organisations, but fair’s fair even if they’re mostly producing fake news. It still costs to churn out, even if it’s trash.

No doubt as a reaction to some prodding by the local news outfits, the Australian government stated it intended to levy charges on Facebook for the news content it was disseminating. Preceding any specific legislation, a period of negotiation is the usual form, but not in the case of dealing with big tech. When you’re a Master of the Universe, those uppity little ants running around on the ground far below better watch their step or you’ll step on them. Make a harsh example of the Aussie ants or other ones around the world will soon start getting ideas.

Without any warning, Facebook cut out all news content on their platform in Australia, not even sparing the government or emergency support services. So much for the caring, sharing Facebook community ethos Zuckerberg et al are forever lecturing their users about. They only thing they care about is profit and the ruthless pursuit of its increase. That’s it. All else is secondary to that single obsession.

A sustained cyber attack on the infrastructure of a country is now considered tantamount to an act of war, or at least just grounds to retaliate in an aggressive fashion. Facebook’s attack on Australia is nothing less than that. Canada has offered its help, but unlike Blücher at 72 leading the charge to Wellington’s aide at Waterloo with his Prussian blues behind him deftly replacing the horses he was getting shot out from under him, this charge is being led by Trudeau, so don’t expect too much from that quarter.

Let’s leave aside the disturbing fact that Facebook is acting globally like that analyst picking out which news items are to be circulated, what it comes down to is that negotiating with big tech means coming to an arrangement that totally suits them. They play hardball or bowl bodyline in local parlance. Does the Australian political leadership have big enough cojones for a real fight with big tech? Will they be afraid of being individually deplatformed like Trump was? Will they wimp out with some face saving token deal?

Unless you Diggers get behind them and really push hard, they’ll run to form and appease the bully.


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10 Responses to “Australia being bullied by big tech.”
  1. stock says:

    I disagree, Facebook is not just worried about profit. They serve the Cabal masters


  2. Janie M. says:

    According to worldometers, Australia has a population of almost 26,000,000. THAT is nothing to sniff at. What would happen if everyone there took a 1 week hiatus from FB?
    The current population of Australia is 25,677,555 as of Sunday, February 7, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.


  3. Truthseeker says:

    Anyone who gets their news from FaceBook is living in a world of gullible ignorance. This could be good in that some people may now get their news from less filtered sources … maybe.


  4. NoFixedAddress says:


    Might be TLDR;

    Whilst I agree with the sentiment and tone of your article in regards big tech and msm, and fully agree with Truthseeker’s post above, I perceive this is just part of the ‘phony war’ that big tech, parliamentarians and our ‘deep state’ are presenting to the public at large that will ensure the legislation will be passed.

    And I trust none of the ‘bastards’!

    This whole deal has been going through a process since 2017 when our current PM was Treasurer under former PM Turnbull and it was started in an AU department called ACCC (to do with ‘fair’ competition, among other games they play).

    It will be administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority which also looks after cyber security.

    And the legislation specifically allows for collusive bargaining.

    This legislation and another called Online Safety Act, which is burbling along without much public scrutiny, will effectively give “The Minister for Homeland Security”, Peter Dutton, access to all Australian FB, Google, Microsoft and whomever else, presumably Amazon data.

    Australia’s very own NSA.

    ASIO will be able to track those Right-Wing extremists down in a jiffy.

    I’ve briefly looked at it here and referenced the other here

    And a shout out to Sinclair Davidson who alerted us to it and commented by me here

    It is freedom of expression that concerns me.

    And Microsoft have come out in support of the legislation.


  5. NoFixedAddress says:

    and another thing Pointman,

    “A sustained cyber attack on the infrastructure of a country” is at the feet of some country that might be called China (ASIO reports) and what better way to tap into a country than have access to your NSA data.

    Hu why!


  6. philjourdan says:

    The masters of the universe (lower case is intentional) think they just brought down a president (no they did not, fraud did). So they are feeling their oats. Too bad. Oz is showing them they have no cojones. And more will join in. Canada? They have no cajones. And now the USA with no president does not as well.

    But others do. They overplayed their hand. Big time!


  7. NoFixedAddress says:

    well there you go.

    I have now sent 2 emails to the correction line at TPG but apparently they do not care.

    The “app” is their fkn ABC – a more biased communist pile of filth you you could not believe.

    Now I know what the ‘Phony war’ was about.

    far outski


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