'Disgusting': Karl Stefanovic blasts Facebook on Today

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Karl Stefanovic has unleashed on Facebook after their shocking decision to axe Aussie news services form their platform with no notice on Thursday.

In an interview with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Today about the lead up tho the fatal 'switch off' that saw organisations from news sites like Yahoo, to emergency services' pages and links blocked for all Australian users.

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Karl let rip at Facebook over their sudden ban of Aussie news sites. Photo: Nine

"What was the tone of it [your conversation]. Did you tell him where to go?' Karl asked the treasurer.

Mr Frydenberg said the talks had been 'cordial' but that fresh discussions were underway after the unexpected decision by the social media giant to flick the switch.


"What he [Zuckerberg] did yesterday, he treated us like chumps and we need to be respected more than that. It's disgusting,' Karl insisted, prompting the treasurer to whole-heartedly agree.

"He endangered public safety, in the middle of a pandemic, people weren't able to get access to information about the vaccines," Mr Frydenberg confirmed.

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Karl and Mr Frydenberg agreed Facebook had endangered Aussies by blocking access to information during a pandemic. Photo: Nine

Facebook shocked Australia on Thursday, when we woke up to find they had made the snap decision overnight to ban all local and international news from being shared among Aussie audiences.

The decision was made in response to the Government's proposed Media Bargaining Code, which tried to force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay for media content.

Instead, Facebook simply decided to remove all Australian news links from the site entirely, which means no one, including you, can share local stories with your friends, family or groups any more.

The social media giant said in a blog post the move was in response to the federal government's proposed legislation to create a news media bargaining code.

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Facebook explained their decision in a blog post. Photo: AP

"The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content," Facebook said.

"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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