The data from a very significant data breach at Facebook from 2019 re-emerged over the weekend. It involved the leaking of personal details of more than 533 million users, including 7 million Australians. Facebook applied the “nothing to see here” defence, saying the leak was old.  Information including full names,

Three Australian independent publishers have signed letters of intent with Facebook, likely to lead to deals for licencing their content to the tech giant. Facebook today announced it has signed letters of intent with three independent Australian publishers: Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media.  Private media publishes Crikey, The

After almost a year of heated discussion about the News Media Bargaining Code, there will shortly be a new law of the land – one that’s unlikely to be applied to the platforms it was intended to reign in. But that’s not to say it hasn’t done its job. With

Australia’s “world first” attempt to reign in tech tycoons has reached pantomime levels. The watered-down version likely to become law this week will do little beyond helping to line the pockets of large commercial publishers who give no guarantees the proceeds will go directly to funding journalism. It is now

Facebook will restore access to Australian news content in the coming days, after receiving further concessions from the government to the controversial News Media Bargaining Code. But it has indicated it is ready to remove news content again if it feels its presence on the platform will lead to Facebook

Facebook’s “news ban” in response to Australia’s proposed media bargaining code, has been hard to miss if you’ve spent any time on social networks in the past day or so. The social media platform has effectively halted all posting of links from Australian news pages and stopped people in Australia

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Facebook is a bad company that makes money doing harm. It is the tobacco vendor of the internet economy. Although, in fairness to tobacco companies, they at least pay tax. Perhaps we should have lower expectations from a company that began as a web site to objectify women. Or was

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Facebook’s attempt to strong-arm local publishers and pressure the government on its media content regulation has backfired badly. That is because it has taken a sledgehammer to the problem when a scalpel was required. It quickly became apparent that the ban was hitting home far beyond media sites. Initially, government

Facebook today stopped Australian users and publishers from sharing or viewing news content in a stunning response to the Australian government’s attempt to make the tech giant pay publishers for news content. The Facebook pages of Australia’s biggest news publishers are now essentially bare for local users after Facebook stripped

Google will pay Nine $30 million dollars annually for the use of its news content, the publisher’s mastheads reported today. The deal comes as legislation for the government’s arbitration process between tech giants and Australian publishers in the absence of such deals is being debated in parliament. On Wednesday the