The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook deliberately used a broad-based algorithm to block news in Australia last year, causing pages of charities, emergency services and hospitals to be affected.

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Facebook is using an algorithm that it knew would affect pages other than Australian publishers before pending legislation that would make digital platforms pay news outlets for their content. reports the Wall Street Journal.

As a result, the pages about the Australian government and health services were removed as the country began to introduce its own vaccination program against Covid, reports the Journal.

The newspaper said the social media giant had not notified the affected pages in advance and that the removal was launched before the appeal process was ready – a break from the typical procedure, the report said.

Whistleblowers have submitted documents and testimony to the US and Australian authorities, according to which Facebook wants to put maximum pressure on Australian lawmakers voting for the law.

“Technical error”

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