‘Unconscionable Conduct Laws’ Behind Possible Facebook Class-Action Lawsuit, Blocking News, Charities, and More

Australia could hit Facebook with a class action lawsuit for negligent conduct after blocking news, charities and more (
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Facebook reportedly faced a certain class action lawsuit and could even face criminal prosecution after hundreds of charities, groups and government agency sites reportedly were “irresponsibly involved” in wiping out Australian news content on their respective platforms during the week. In retaliation for the federal government’s proposed new bargaining code for mandatory news media, the popular tech giant had just prevented Australian users from viewing the news on Thursday morning.

Small businesses, charities and support groups have been wiped out

According to a report by news.com.au, many small businesses, charities, self-help groups and sites of public interest such as the respective bureau of meteorology and state health departments have been wiped out. This prompted the former chairman of the well-known Australian competition watchdog to urge the popular social media juggernaut to be careful.

According to Allan Fels, the well-known Chairman of Journalism of Public Interest, as well as the former Chairman of the well-known Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, found that Facebook did not in fact provide its own operating license. Professor Fells then noted that it is actually incomprehensible for Facebook to completely restrict access to information from the Australian government, whether it be health, weather or even bushfire information.

ACCC states that they want to ensure a level playing field

It was found that it was neither news nor content foreseen in the new Mandatory News Negotiating Code to address a significant imbalance in market power. It is reportedly up to the government and the ACCC to ensure a level playing field.

Prof. Fels then remarked to The Daily Telegraph that the social media platform could actually take legal action because of their decision. It was noted that Facebook could actually be held liable for a possible violation of scrupulous behavior laws as its services suddenly shut down overnight for businesses, especially particularly small businesses that would need Facebook to distribute their product.

Also read: Facebook Says Australia Has Fundamentally Misunderstanding the Company’s Relationship with News: Bans ALL Australian News Posts

Facebook irresponsible laws of conduct

It was noted that withdrawing the services only overnight in this particular way could actually violate their said laws on indeterminate conduct, which could even lead to a class action lawsuit. Prof. Fels then determined that the digital platforms in the past had indeed shown a lack of willingness to negotiate with the news organizations about the value of their respective content in the entire generation of digital advertising.

He then found that the cost of producing journalism of public interest is high, but it is still an integral part of the overall functioning of any particular functioning democracy. He then noticed that they are asking Facebook to actually take the time and sit at the table to negotiate in good faith. The federal treasurer known as Josh Frydenberg is expected to have more conversations with the network’s noted founder, Mark Zuckerberg, some time later this week, as some of the non-news profiles are still blank.

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