TOM TUGENDHAT: We are at a pivotal moment in history and the world must defeat Facebook's bullying | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

TOM TUGENDHAT: We are at a pivotal moment in history and the world must defeat Facebook's bullying

How do you 'unfriend' a whole country? The giant Facebook conglomerate has found the answer.

Never mind that Australia is a key Western ally with a democratically elected government.

Facebook has simply turned its face against the Australian public and is censoring what they can see in a dispute over who pays for news.

No doubt the stakes are high for the social media site's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. Millions of dollars would be at risk if Facebook had to compensate media companies for the news stories it lifts and reproduces.

But it is no exaggeration to say that for the rest of us, the stakes are higher still.

What we are witnessing is nothing less than a battle for the future of our democracies. So it is vital that we join the fight to protect our freedoms.

At the heart of all this is people's access to information – something that dates back even further than Gutenberg's invention of a revolutionary method of printing.

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