“#DeleteFacebook!” is now trending on several social media sites as several are calling for people to delete the Facebook app after the Social Media giant refused to allow people to post links to Australian news sites.
It was part of Facebook’s ongoing battle with Australia after the government decided to pass legislation forcing Facebook to pay news outlets for any links to their news sites posted on the social media platform. In response, Facebook has refused to accept links to Australian news sources.
The Daily Mail explains:
Facebook is facing down calls for a boycott after it took the extraordinary step of banning users in Australia from accessing news in a row over paying for content.
‘Delete Facebook’, ‘Boycott Zuckerberg’ and ‘Facebook We Need To Talk’ began trending on rival site Twitter today as fury at the move spread around the globe.
David Cicilline, a Democrat politician from the US, even went so far as to say ‘Facebook is not compatible with democracy’ as people were also urged to give up Instagram and WhatsApp because Facebook owns them.
Stephen Scheeler, the former CEO of Facebook Australia, added that Facebook’s cofounder and current CEO Mark Zukerberg is motivated by “money, power and not good.”
And back in 2018, the New York Times reported that Facebook was allowing corporations access to the private messages of Facebook’s users.
Facebook allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to see the names of nearly all users’ friends without their consent, and allowed Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write, and delete users’ private messages, and see participants on a thread.
It also allowed Amazon to get users’ names and contact information through their friends, let Apple access users’ Facebook contacts and calendars even if users had disabled data sharing, and let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts “as recently as this summer,” despite publicly claiming it had stopped sharing such information a year ago, the report said. Collectively, applications made by these technology companies sought the data of hundreds of millions of people a month.