"Donald Trump’s war on TikTok in U.S. and Rupert Murdoch’s on Facebook
in Australia are not being seen for their true import: as government
attacks on the people’s press, on freedom of expression, on human rights.
In Australia, Facebook just said that if Murdoch-backed legislation
requiring platforms to pay for news is enacted, the company will stop
media companies — and users — from posting news on Facebook and Instagram.
Who is hurt there? The public and its conversation. The public loses
access to its means of sharing and debating news. Never before in
history — never before the internet — has everyone had access to a
press; only the privileged had it and now the privileged will rob the
people of theirs. Without the people’s press, we would not have
#BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #OccupyWallStreet and the voices of so many
too long not heard. This is a matter of human rights."
Via Kevin O'Brien.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics