Following are some of the social media collateral damage examples in the fight between the Australian government and Facebook. Facebook blocked the Burnet Institute (child and maternal health support), the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia, SA Health (Australia’s Public Health System), The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Hobart Women’s Shelter (support for homelessness and domestic violence), Sacred Heart Mission (homeless support), National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (legal rights support), Facebook itself, Bureau of Meteorology Austrlia (Australia’s version of the United States NWS), Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (organization supporting Open and FAIR research), Four Paws Australia (charity for animal welfare), Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations, and Australian Society of Archivists (organization for professional archivists and recordkeepers).
Yes, our Facebook page is blocked! Professor Brendan Crabb AC said: "Any sudden change to quality health information flow at any time, but most especially in the midst of a health crisis, is deeply unethical and damaging. It should be met with the sustained contempt it deserves." pic.twitter.com/BMthea80oA
— Burnet Institute (@BurnetInstitute) February 18, 2021
Because they can’t get their own way, @Facebook have decided to put the lives of Australians at risk!
— HeapsGood (@Heapsgood) February 17, 2021
— Sarah Maunder (@s_maunder) February 17, 2021
So Facebook, you think blocking a charity's page is smart – or social?!
We are not a news organisation. People in crisis need pages like ours to find (emergency) support. Your decision is endangering lives.
— Sacred Heart Mission (@ScdHrtMission) February 17, 2021
We are extremely concerned that NATSILS has been blocked by #FacebookAustralia, so have some of our members. This is a human rights issue, silencing the voices of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, our representative peak bodies. This is how we connect with community. pic.twitter.com/EsUeoKZ2mG
— NATSILS (@NATSILS_) February 18, 2021
Peak 2021 censorship:
— Ben Poulton (@BennyPoulton) February 17, 2021
The BOM's Facebook page was restored at approx. 12.30pm AEDT today.
While social media is one way BOM engages with the community, it's important to get the latest weather and warnings information directly from https://t.co/4W35o8i7wJ or the #BOMweather app https://t.co/waAsVeWsu7
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) February 18, 2021
We have been blocked by the #FacebookAustralia action. We are not a news organisation but – and we're trying to see the droll side of this – an advocacy and education group for #openaccess to academic research outputs. pic.twitter.com/TtbBJI5BaK
— AOASG (@openaccess_anz) February 18, 2021
We are also not a news organisation @Facebook. We work to build community, represent & bring Ukrainians together (like your mission statement). Please reverse this on our page, thousands of volunteer hours lost in seconds. #facebooknewsban #FacebookAustralia pic.twitter.com/Fps7qNQ8R6
— Ozeukes (@Ozeukes) February 18, 2021
— Aust Archivists (@ausarchivists) February 18, 2021
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