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.
France is. Our canton (not my commune, the administrative commune next door, but we are part of the canton) main info point is on Facebook, as are the department announcements. Although they have separate websites the info isn't as easy to find. Ease of use for updating information now, I suspect is why it's a primary communication means. It's also handy for the audience reach. The people get departmental storm alerts on FB.
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