An Australian network competing with Facebook & Google

Australia is studying the possibility of launching a publicly funded national social network managed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC); In a possible response if Facebook & Google restrict services in Australia when a mandatory news bill becomes law this year.

Facebook has warned it will ban Australians from sharing the news if the historic plan to make digital platforms pay for news content becomes legal.

Google launched a public campaign against the bill, along with an international campaign targeting YouTube users when the government announced that it would force the company to pay news publishers for content.

The proposal for the platform, run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is part of a risk mitigation report prepared by the Center for Responsible Technology, titled “Can Australia survive without Facebook & Google?”

The proposed social network connects the community without collecting data the way Facebook & Google does.

The social network can draw on the broadband Australian Broadcasting Corporation across local, regional and national communities, as well as the public’s invested trust in the organization.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s platform that engages the community, allows for genuine exchange, influence in decision-making and application of independent journalism principles – delivers real value to communities hungry for civic participation.

He added: Viable alternatives to Facebook & Google should be developed, such as the national social platform hosted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The government has been urged to urgently develop a stronger consumer data privacy law ahead of the potential removal of Facebook posts and the less likely scenario of Google pulling its search engine out of the country.


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