On the 18th of February 2021, Facebook bans Australian news outlets on its platform, restricts people in Australia from accessing news. Because of that, every people and also publishers in Australia can no longer share and view news in the country either.
The ban by the social media giant came shortly after the Australian House of Representatives passed proposed media bargaining laws that will require social media companies to pay their media outlets for using their content. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and become law as early as later this month.
While Facebook went through with its ban, Google has agreed to pay Australian news outlet that is the ‘Nine Entertainment Co’ more than A$30 million annually for the use of its news content. ‘Nine Entertainment Co’ is actually Australia’s largest domestic media company that owns ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and also ‘The Age’. Other than that, Google has also agreed to pay two other Australian media outlets for the use of their news content.
The managing director of Facebook in Australia and New Zealand wrote in an open letter that the proposed law by the government ‘fundamentally misunderstands’ the relationship of Facebook’s platform and also publishers using it to share news content. It also stated “It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter”.
Australians using Facebook to connect with friends and family, grow their businesses, and join communities will not be affected by the change. Easton also added that he hoped for the Australian government to recognize the value that the platform already provides, and to work with them rather than limit our partnerships with publishers.
On Twitter, hashtag #DeleteFacebook has also been trending in the country:
Australian Community Media asks us to #DeleteFacebook following its decision to remove news from its platform.
— Tanya Selak (@GongGasGirl) February 18, 2021
Well, that’s a tantrum. Facebook has exponentially increased the opportunity for misinformation, dangerous radicalism and conspiracy theories to abound on its platform. Even more important to subscribe to a news outlet you respect. I suggest @smh obvs pic.twitter.com/6gwopjZJt0
— Lisa Davies (@lisazdavies) February 17, 2021
#DeleteFacebook if you're only reason is to read the news, in which case all news outlets have their own apps.
— Dawnofthedinos (@Dawnofthedinos1) February 18, 2021
Food Review: Delicious Gula Apong Ice Cream By ‘M Ice Cream’
Gula Apong Ice Cream is actually a very famous dessert in Sarawak. Previously, it is hard to find it to be available here in Peninsular. Now, since ‘M Ice Cream’ has introduced it here, it is easier to find it. Gula Apong is actually the ‘gula melaka’ version of Sarawak but both of them are definitely not from the same tree. It is commonly used in a lot of Sarawakian beverages and also desserts.
‘M Ice Cream’ specializes in Sarawak Gula Apong Ice Cream. In this store, their ice cream can be topped with honeycomb and also varieties of toppings. The Gula Apong itself got brought from Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.
Gula Apong flavor is the best seller flavor from the shop. There, you can have 4 different toppings that are free and that topping is:
- Chocolate Rice
- Corn Flakes
M Ice Cream also has two other additional toppings, and if you wanted these toppings you need to add-on payment for them and that is:
- Chocolate Chips – Add-on RM1
- Honeycomb – Add-om RM5
Sources: Facebook M Ice Cream.
Ji Soo Leaving ‘River Where The Moon Rises’, Na In Woo In Discussion To Replace Him
After making an apology for the offense of bullying, actor Ji Soo will be leaving the cast of the drama ‘River Where The Moon Rises’.
The KBS station has confirmed the matter and informed that the character played by Ji Soo in the drama will be replaced with another actor.
“Ji Soo, who has recently become the center of controversy, will be stepping down from‘ River Where the Moon Rises, ’” they stated.
Ji Soo previously appeared to make an open apology on his Instagram account to everyone who had been a victim of bullying during his school days.
Meanwhile, the management agency Cube Entertainment issued a statement saying that the drama actor ‘Mr. Queen’ Na In Woo will replace Ji Soo.
“Na In Woo has received an offer to join ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ in the role of On Dal, and he is currently reviewing the offer,” said the agency’s representative.
At this point, discussions are still ongoing over whether the upcoming episodes of ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ that was scheduled for March 8 and 9 will make it to air.
I-Sinar: EPF Members Can Change The Amount Of Applications Starting 8th of March
Members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be given the flexibility to make their amendments to the application details that they have made. The amendments that can be done are such as the amount applied for, bank information, address, telephone number, and the payment mode on the i-Sinar Online site from the 8th of March.
The Minister of Finance that is Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz is confident that this is one of the developments that is very much awaited by all the people. According to him, the new i-Sinar application which abolishes all criteria will be opened on that particular date.
Payment For Existing Application
- Applicants will start receiving their payment starting from the 2nd of March.
- Payment for the application done before the 25th of February 2021 will be approved in stages.
- This involves applications that are still pending approval and whose status does not pass.
- Starting from the 8th of March.
- For members that are under 55 years of age.
- Subject to the balance of Account 1.
- Including non -Malaysian EPF members.
- Will be processed in 5 days’ time.
The application status and also the date of payment can be checked after that. Other than that, the total i-Sinar withdrawal amount, as well as the maximum payment schedule for 6 months, remains as previously informed.
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