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    If you are reading this, it is not because someone you know has posted it on Facebook. Although most readers of the Australia letter come to it through their inbox, many people find our weekly send on Facebook. Thanks for sharing friends. Some people click on links through posts. New York Times Australia Facebook page. but no more.

    As of yesterday, Facebook no longer allows Australian users to view or post news on the platform. The same goes for local and international media organizations including The New York Times. It is also not allowing Australian media organizations to post content to users outside Australia – and all of this in response to a proposed Australian law requiring tech companies to pay publishers for articles viewed on their platforms Will happen.

    It is no secret that most media companies (including The New York Times) get a large portion of their web traffic from Facebook. In short, Facebook is flouting Australian law and media companies are pushing for it – they are saying, in fact, we need you more than we need you.

    But for many users, it also significantly changes the function of Facebook. Long gone are the days when Facebook was just a place to catch distant relatives and old lovers – like a lot of people, I trust it (and other social media platforms, especially Twitter) especially the media I let companies distribute breaking news, and to see what articles friends are sharing.

    Our Bureau Chief Damian Kew wrote yesterday about the reactions of Australians, as well as the fact that many non-news pages – government agencies, non-profit companies – were caught in DrugNet (while false news Pages with links were unaffected).

    On NYT Australia Facebook Page, I asked readers for responses, who can no longer find posts or news on the site. Within hours, there were hundreds of comments. Disappointment was fairly universal (with the occasional comment: “I have all the news apps, it doesn’t affect me”), but there are opinions about where to pinpoint blame.

    “It shows how much power social media companies have, and what happens when uncontrolled,” Hannah Carson wrote. “Trump’s ban on Twitter and other social media was appreciated by many – and I understand that sentiment – but that action effectively silenced him.” How many Australians will actively seek out news on other platforms – or visit a news site to get it directly? These are the things I would expect from a totalitarian government, not a private enterprise. “

    Many others blamed the greed of Australian news companies and the politicians supporting them.

    “We are victims of an Australian government that acts as a lap dog for Murdoch Media, which in turn traps companies like The Guardian in its wake, all squeezing big techno through the federal government with their bare hands , “Brian Bavel wrote. “It is the consumer who is being done.”

    Alison Mooney more or less agreed: “This repurchase of our government acting on behalf of Murdoch, and how it is really out of the leaders of Australia,” she wrote. “As Facebook would agree, imagine that it will be globally established!”

    Australians were Australians, finding humor in every conflict, there were some readers who were particularly concerned Betuta advocate, Australia’s famous satire newspaper, which many of you will be happy to know, Facebook lives in the universe With its page intact.

    However, Gabriella Koslovic may have provided the most useful gem of insight with a very simple reminder: “We are all managed on Facebook.”

    How did you feel about Facebook’s decision to ban news in Australia? And have your social media habits changed – if so, how? Let us know at nytaustralia@nytimes.com.

    The stories of this week are as follows:


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    • Parliament rape claim Romils Australian Government. A former government employee said he was chosen to go to the police and keep his job. Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized.

    • Facebook facelift in Australia: Alien still in news and out of hospital. The social network’s decision to block journalism erased more than expected, rather than paying for it, with many resentment and arguing about what should happen next.

    • Facebook blocks news in Australia, deviation with Google over proposed legislation. With Australia moving to pay tech companies for the news, Facebook gave a tough line, while Google has made deals to pay publishers.

    • Google is suddenly paying for news in Australia. What about everywhere? Pathbreaking legislation showed that even a small nation may have to bow down to the tech giant. But the United States is unlikely to follow.

    • Serena Williams has already won the Australian Open catsuit. The tennis champion is changing the game in many ways.

    • At the age of 35, a tennis magician made his tricks leading to the first quarterfinal. Hsieh Su-Wei’s overhead drop shots, wicked spin, and two-handed shots can drive her opponents.

    • Australian players succeed at home open without much tennis. Facing Australia’s strict quarantine rules, Ashley Barty, the world’s No.1 female player, quit tennis last summer and fell. So did some other Australians. They are doing fine.

    • New Zealand to roll out free period products to all students. The program, designed to reduce “period poverty”, will begin in June.

    • Auckland closes after three positive coronavirus cases. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Sunday that Auckland would go into a three-day lockdown due to three unexplained positive coronavirus test results in a single family.

    • Australia’s ‘Rebel Reverend’ goes viral with thorny Liberal messages. Rev. Rod Bower became a national sensation with political gestures shared by millions on social media. Now he is questioning the dynamics of internet which has made him famous.

    • A Hitchhiker’s Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Decision. A change in the Earth’s poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet’s climate, scientists have found – and they are naming the period after author Douglas Adams.


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    • The Biden administration offers to formally resume nuclear talks with Iran. President Biden campaigned to reinstate the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program. It is unclear whether Tehran, which is seeking to lift the sanctions, will accept the offer to speak.

    • NASA’s rover lands on Mars to search for extinct life. Persistence’s arrival expands successful US landing records on the planet, and brings sophisticated equipment for hunting for alien life.

    • As Israel again said, “Whoever does not get vaccinated will be leftist.” New government and business initiatives are moving towards a two-tier system for vaccines and raising legal, ethical and ethical questions.

    • Rush Limborg dies at 70; Talk radio in the right-wing attack machine. After 15 million and with a divisive style of fake language, grievances and slander, he was a force in re-shaping American conservatism.

    • 7 virus variants found in the US carrying the same mutation. Scientists do not yet know whether the mutation makes the variants more contagious, but they are concerned that it may occur.


    Last week, we Asked what you thought about Australia’s decision to host the Australian Open. Here are some reader responses:

    I think it is * crazy * to condone athletes and their teams in hotels in our most densely populated cities. They should be placed in appropriate quarantine quarters in the country or at least in caravan park-type housing in places where the population is sparse and in communities that really need cash inflows. Furthermore, in those settings in the country, athletes have to arrive on the road for their training – and are far from our most densely populated centers for a 14-day quarantine period.

    – Joanne Jrowski

    I live in Melbourne. I felt that the decision to host the Australian Open was a mistake, and I am not alone. I have often attended the Open in previous years, but not this year. Many Australians are trapped abroad, unable to return. Here in Australia, while we have recently been able to live relatively normally, we feel like a sitting duck for these new COVID variants. Our state governments are responsible for keeping the virus under control. His action comes as a defiance of Scott Morrison, who used to open things up, without the intervention of the states, and even now lags behind in rolling out vaccines from other countries. Capturing the Open in the midst of a very dangerous epidemic was dangerous and unnecessary.

    – Anne Arnot

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