Climate Change Commission blocked by Facebook

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The Climate Change Commission has been wrongly identified as an Australian news site and has not been allowed to share its content on Facebook.

What happens when you try to post a link to the Climate Change Commission on Facebook.
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The Commission – which does not have a Facebook page itself – first discovered the situation on Sunday, after users said they could not share links to the government organization’s website.

It comes just after the social media giant resolved its week-long standoff with the Australian government over a proposed new law that would charge Facebook to host news outlets.

A statement released by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said they would introduce amendments to the proposed law, which he said “will further clarify digital platforms and news media companies on how the Code is meant to be. operate and strengthen the framework to ensure the news media companies are paid enough. “

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“The government has been informed by Facebook of its intention to restore Australian news pages in the coming days.”

The ban was only intended to prevent publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.

But one way or another, the Climate Change Commission was caught up in it all.

When a user attempts to post a link to the Commission website on Facebook, a box appears stating: “This post cannot be shared”.

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“In response to Australian government legislation, Facebook restricts the posting of news links and all posts from news pages in Australia. Globally, posting and sharing of news links from Australian posts are limited. “

But the commission’s communications officer, Fran Lovell, said it made no sense.

“The Climate Change Commission is a little confused that Facebook has mistakenly identified us as an Australian news site.

“A lot of people have asked us what the story is and we’re not quite sure – but we can promise we’ve alerted Facebook to explain where Aotearoa is in relation to Australia.

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They have not had a response from Facebook.

It comes at a busy time for the committee, which is in the middle of its commitment period on its draft opinion, published just over three weeks ago.

They made the decision to extend the commitment period by two weeks until the end of March.

“Our consultation is really important and people should go to our website to find out more and make a submission,” Lovell said.

Facebook did not respond to the commission or to a request for comment from RNZ.

It is not known if other government departments or agencies are also affected; or any New Zealand-based news organization.

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