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Facebook says it ‘erred on the side of over-enforcement' when blocking news content in week-long standoff in Australia

Added 02-24-21 09:37:02am EST - “Social media giant Facebook said Wednesday it "inadvertently" blocked some content including a large swathe of charity and state health pages when it imposed a week-long ban on news in a standoff over Australia's new media code.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Facebook says it ‘erred on the side of over-enforcement’ when blocking news content in week-long standoff in Australia”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The admission of error comes a day after Facebook agreed to reverse its prohibition on Australian news content after the federal government in Canberra agreed to make changes to its code that planned to make tech companies pay news organizations for content they produce.

A Facebook blog posted Wednesday, written by the company’s VP of global affairs, Nick Clegg, says that even though the media code had been debated for three years, the company needed to act quickly before the new law came into force.

“We erred on the side of over-enforcement,” Clegg, a former UK Deputy PM wrote, adding the decision wasn’t taken lightly. “In doing so, some content was blocked inadvertently. Much of this was, thankfully, reversed quickly.”

The week-long prohibition by Facebook coincided with the media code being debated in the Canberra parliament.

Clegg said that the dispute was a misunderstanding which is the fault of the news publishers who choose to share their content on social media.

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