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Facebook threatens to block all news from being shared in Australia

Facebook threatens to block all news from being shared in Australia

Facebook has threatened to stop everyone in Australia from posting or sharing news articles on its platform, reacting to a proposed law demanding it pay local media companies for their work. It seems that if Facebook can’t have their content for free, it would rather not have it at all.

In a blog post on Tuesday, Facebook Australia and New Zealand’s managing director Will Easton lashed out at draft legislation put forward in July. Developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the proposed new laws are intended to regulate dealings between tech giants and local news outlets, ensuring negotiating power is more balanced and preventing publishers from being exploited. Read more…

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TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region’s controversial new national security laws.

The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30. 

“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement provided to Mashable.

Under Hong Kong’s widely condemned new laws, criticising or expressing disapproval for government authorities may be considered a criminal offence. Companies operating within Hong Kong could also be required to censor content, or hand over user data to the Chinese government. That’s exactly what TikTok doesn’t want. Read more…

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2020 laws that give us hope for the year ahead

2020 laws that give us hope for the year ahead

Bye forever, 2019. The start of our latest decade has already ushered in a slate of new laws that give us hope for rectifying some of the general chaos that was the 2010s. Of course, plenty remains unfixed. In Tennessee, for example, a new law makes it easier for people to get a concealed carry permit. 

As we forge ahead, though, here’s a recap of some of the new laws that are already brightening our new year. 

First, there’s a big win for the non-binary community: As of Jan. 1, residents of New Hampshire can now mark their sex on their driver’s licenses as X, instead of M (Male) or F (female), if they identify outside of the gender binary. Read more…

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