from the the-loser,-as-always,-is-you dept
I have been considerably amazed on the response to Fb’s determination in Australia to first block information hyperlinks, in response to a harmful new regulation, after which to cave in and minimize offers with information organizations to pay for hyperlinks. Most superb to me is that in any other case affordable individuals in Australia bought very offended at me, insisting that I used to be misrepresenting the tax. They maintain insisting it isn’t a tax, and that it is a “competitors” response to “unfair bargaining energy.” Besides, as I’ve mentioned beforehand, there’s nothing to discount over when you must by no means need to pay for hyperlinks. The hyperlinks are free. There is no bargaining imbalance, as a result of there’s nothing to discount over. And, it is clearly a tax if the one finish result’s that Google and Fb need to fork over cash as a result of the federal government tells them to. That is… a tax.
Anyway, that is why I am completely happy to see The Juice Media, an Australian outfit that’s well-known for making hilarious “Honest Government Ads”, normally for the Australian authorities (however generally for elsewhere) has put out a brand new “advert” about the link tax during which they clarify the way it was a struggle to take cash from one set of large wealthy corporations, and provides it to a different set of large wealthy corporations, and to not do something helpful in between:
It is price watching. It additionally highlights among the different terrible features of the “code” which is able to give information organizations extra entry to information, in addition to advance discover of algorithmic modifications that nobody else will get — permitting them to higher hijack consideration away from anybody else. The entire deal is harmful and corrupt, and nobody must be supporting it.
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