#Facebook is gambling Australia can’t live without it. Imagine if we prove them wrong | Facebook | The Guardian
Some commentators reckon Facebook has called Australia’s bluff. They may be about to discover that Australia isn’t bluffing.
The platform’s own irresponsible and chaotic implementation of its Australian news “ban” appears to have rallied the country – citizens and politicians from across the aisles – and governments from around the world, to support the Australian government’s resolve.
As a former chief executive of Facebook in Australia and New Zealand, Stephen Scheeler, wrote in the Nine newspapers, the company has taken an enormous gamble, betting that “by taking an aggressive hard line with a middle power, such as Australia, a tough message will be sent to the rest of the world to back off on regulation.”