CNN has stopped posting articles. To Facebook pages in Australia. Citing a court finding that publishers are liable. For defamation in public comments. And Facebook’s reluctance to assist it to restrict comments in the nation. CNN, which is owned by AT&T. Is the first major news organization to remove its. It is present in Australia since the country’s high court. Declared earlier this month that publishers. Are legally liable for comments stories. Even if the contents themselves are not defamatory.
- A request for assistance from CNN. And other publishers were turned down by it.
- CNN would continue to distribute programming in Australia on its own channels.
- In Australia, social media is a major means of disseminating information.
CNN does not have a large following in Australia. But if other sites follow suit. The decision could have repercussions across the sector. According to CNN, Facebook denied a request to assist CNN. And other publishers in disabling the public. Comments in the country as a result of the verdict.
“We are concerned that it has once again failed. To ensure that its platform is a place for genuine news. And meaningful conversation among its users. About current events,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement. She added that CNN would continue to publish content on its own platforms in Australia. Recent court rulings, according to a Facebook. The spokeswoman has demonstrated. The need for reform in Australian defamation law. And the firm is looking forward to. “more clarity and consistency in this area.”
“While it is not our position to offer legal advice to CNN. We have supplied them with the most up-to-date information. On the tools, we provide to help publications. Manage comments,” the spokesman added. Facebook claims to have a number of tools. For publishers and other users. To limit who can comment on their postings. Its and CNN’s negotiations that led to CNN’s decision were not disclosed.