What is Facebook without news? People and publishers in Australia are now finding out.
Facebook (FB) has barred Australians from finding or sharing news on its service, a dramatic escalation of a fight with the government that may have wide-ranging consequences both in the country and around the world.
The social networking company on Wednesday said that people and publishers in Australia will no longer be able to share or see any news from local or international outlets. The decision appears to be the most restrictive move Facebook has ever taken against content publishers.
The company’s action comes after months of tension with the Australian government, which has proposed legislation that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content. CNN’s Brian Stelter reports.
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Fox News, the cable network that has been one of President Trump’s most important supporters, told anchors and other staffers not to call Joe Biden the “President-elect” when the network calls the race, according to two memos obtained by CNN Business.
The memos said that Fox should “stay away” from using the description, and instead say something like Biden has “enough electoral votes to win the presidency.”
The memos justified the unusual positioning by citing the moves by Trump’s legal teams to challenge the results. Numerous legal analysts, however, have dismissed the lawsuits and potential legal maneuverings as having little to no merit.
“We will report both sides until there is further guidance,” one of the memos said.
After CNN Business reported on the internal guidance, and noted that it was possible that Fox could change the guidance either before or after it calls the race, Fox denied that it was guidance at all, and anchors on Fox referred to Biden as “President-elect” in hypothetical conversations.
One of the email messages told staffers that “we will not be calling Biden the president elect. Or using any of the whizbang graphics that say so.”
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a former Fox News military analyst who left after accusing the network of “assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law,” talks to CNN’s Brian Stelter about his views on President Trump’s impact on the country.