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Facebook accused of making a 'crass move' by MP

Facebook has been accused of using bullying tactics in Australia.

The social network company recently announced it's banning all Australian news content from its platform amid a row with the government, but British MP Julian Knight - who chairs the Commons media select committee - has accused the company of acting like a bully.

He told the BBC: "This is a crass move.

"I don't think they are being a good citizen, not just in Australia, but elsewhere [too].

"To pull the plug overnight represents the worst type of corporate culture."

Steve Evans, a reporter for the Canberra Times newspaper. has also slammed the tech giant for its handling of the issue.

He said: "They botched it, there's absolutely no doubt about that.

"Not only did they block media organisations, but they blocked government health websites. So access to up-to-the minute information about COVID, for example, was suddenly not available on Facebook."

The social network site recently issued a statement explaining its decision to ban all Australian news content from its platform.

William Easton - the Managing Director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand - wrote: "The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content.

"It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia.

"With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter."

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