Listening to an AU interviewee on RNZ talking about the "lost of services" related to the Facebook block on AU use... it highlights how blindly dependent so many organisations in AU are on FB and how they *shouldn't be*. It's their own fault. FB cannot and should not be depended on. It's foolish for community organisations and gov'ts to do so.

Gov'ts and civil society cannot afford to be dependent (as they have very foolishly allowed themselves to become, worldwide) on a handful of US multinational tech corporations. The problem isn't FB's action - it's the fact that Gov'ts are up-in-arms about it because they've got all their eggs in the Facebook basket. I pity them their lack of comprehension (I've been warning our gov't about this for 20+ years) and the deleterious effect it has on all of us.

@lightweight is it the governments fault that so many citizens use Facebook to gain important information? Ifthey don't put good info on Facebook then those people just get bad info.

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@LovesTha I think it's very damning that many gov'ts *only* put some important info out via FB. And I'm not sure all of it's good.

@lightweight oh and nothing produced by a gov should ever only exist in private places

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