AUSTRALIA - Facebook to Control the World?

Arno Froese

People in Australia, a democracy, woke up to find Facebook pages of local and international news sites unavailable, according to reports.

Australia has been trying to get social media giants, where most people go for news these days, to pay for the content on their platforms.

Social media giants appear to assume that because they have sponged up billions of users worldwide, they may now adjudicate what laws countries pass and what users may see.

Although these companies seek to avoid taxes and payments, and also claim that normal regulatory rules for publishers do not apply to them, they have aggregated traffic showing that they can route people to certain pages using algorithms. This is important because social media platforms like Facebook are not just a free-for-all, and they are not exactly a newsstand where users just go to find news.

Most countries regulate TV and radio broadcasting, but do not regulate social media. Countries like Australia have found that their power may have been eroded vis-à-vis these corporate giants. The response of Facebook to punish Australians and Australian media shows that a true contest has now developed that likely will determine whether Western democracies survive in this century. Social media giants do not do this to totalitarian regimes.

They don’t mind if Turkey, for instance, imprisons people for social media posts, and they often cater to dictatorships that want information on users.

Facebook declared war on a democracy. Australia is one of the key Five Eyes countries. However “people outside the country are also unable to read or access any Australian news publications on the platform,” the BBC said.

-www.jpost.com, 18 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

In the meantime, a temporary truce has been negotiated, and The Age, a Melbourne source, has no more reports on the issue.

What’s interesting is that this type of controversy, conflict, even potential danger of diminishing democracy, has never before been seen. Welcome to the new age, where communication is instant, not just with one nation, but on all five continents. It’s globalism in the making.

For Bible readers, this is not surprising. We read of the two witnesses being killed in Jerusalem, and Revelation 11:10 declares: “And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” Note, “they that dwell upon the earth”; that is the whole world.  Although our forefathers who were Bible students could not grasp how this could take place, today it is a reality.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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