Facebook is NOT a public information service - they don't disseminate information for the good of the people. They have no such charter. The fact that they can pull government information services from their site without any justification should be a stark reminder to everyone that Facebook isn't actually a public utility - its a foreign-owned private company and its primary focus is in making money. People in government (and the opposition) can stamp their feet as much as they want about Facebook but the fact is that they're not obliged to carry any third party information that they don't want to and in fact they've shown everyone today that they can ditch all the government dissemination channels at a moment's notice if they choose without repercussions. If the government wants to set up its own competing official social-media site (as they Chinese Communist Party did with WeChat) then there's nothing stopping them.
I don't think anyone is going to disagree with you Don.
FB is a private business. In fact, I think FB is shooting themselves in the foot, as people will realise that they either won't miss the news bit or if a site relies on FB, eg RP lately with their Cam shots, they will move to another platform.
It is choice. FB is basically saying to Australians, you can use us, but we have taken away the news functionality.
I think we will easily learn to live without it.
Never know, MySpace may make a come back LOL. The irony is that Newscorp owned MySpace then flogged it off. Imagine the conspiracy if they they still owned MySpace.
I can see Pete Evans warming up.