Facebook’s failure

The group reacts to a media law in Australia with blackmail. That will harm Facebook.

Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg

Dhe number of former politicians who have become Facebook salaried employees to lobby for the internet company is impressive. The lobby spending on Facebook in Europe alone has risen exorbitantly in the past few years. And yet: Facebook is and will remain Facebook. Due to its culture created by founder Mark Zuckerberg, the company is traditionally insensitive in its dealings with the public, including devastating short-circuit decisions.

The most recent example comes from Australia. The local competition authority has investigated the impact that technology companies have on the Australian economy and, in particular, on the media industry. The result: the power imbalance between the actors is huge. Australia now wants Google and Co. to pay for the use of content from traditional media companies. Facebook in particular didn’t like it at all – and blocked the Australian media sites.

The group reacts to a media law in Australia with blackmail. That will harm Facebook.

Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg

Dhe number of former politicians who have become Facebook salaried employees to lobby the internet company is impressive. The lobby spending on Facebook in Europe alone has risen exorbitantly in the past few years. And yet: Facebook is and will remain Facebook. Due to its culture created by founder Mark Zuckerberg, the company is traditionally insensitive in its dealings with the public, including devastating short-circuit decisions.

The most recent example comes from Australia. The local competition authority has investigated the impact that technology companies have on the Australian economy and, in particular, on the media industry. The result: the power imbalance between the actors is huge. Australia now wants Google and Co. to pay for the use of content from traditional media companies. Facebook in particular didn’t like it at all – and blocked the Australian media sites.