Facebook’s algorithm caused chaos before Australian media law: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Facebook purposely used a broad algorithm to block news in Australia, causing damage to pages for charities, emergency services and hospitals.

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Facebook he used an algorithm he knew would affect pages beyond those of publishers in Australia before pending legislation that would make news organizations pay platforms for content, The Wall Street Journal reports it.

As a result, the Australian government and health services pages were removed as the country began rolling out its Covid vaccination program, the Journal reported.

The Journal reported that the social media giant did not notify the pages in advance and that the removal was initiated before an appeal process was ready, a break from the typical procedure, the report said.

Whistleblowers submitted documents and testimony to US and Australian authorities claiming Facebook wanted to exert maximum pressure on Australian lawmakers voting on the law.

‘Technical error’