Dubbo Photo News

A Facebook update from Dubbo Photo News

- By LYDIA PEDRANA

AS you may have noticed, this community-focused publicatio­n has been swept up in the mega-tussle between Facebook and Australian news juggernaut­s, and incidental­ly, became collateral damage in the social media giant’s decision to block Australian users from accessing and sharing news.

Dubbo Photo News made use of its Facebook page as a tool to share important announceme­nts and local happenings with the community, at times using the platform as a direct digital line to our readers and sharing a sneak peek of next week’s front page.

Now, that humble Dubbo Photo News Facebook page and such 21st century abilities have been pulled from underneath us.

All historical posts (and evidence of hard work) have vanished, and we are unable to share any content – newsworthy or not.

But with or without a Facebook page, it is business as usual at Dubbo Photo News.

Each week our experience­d team will continue to gather and deliver insightful local, national and global news stories.

Each week we will keep the community informed and interested in what’s going on in the region and beyond.

Each week we will continue to delve into the lives of local heroes, highlight extraordin­ary achievemen­ts, profile unique characters and shine a spotlight on important issues.

Each week, our newspaper will continue to hit stands every Thursday – It really shows why, with 13,000 copies printed and distribute­d for free, each week, that Dubbo Photo News is such an important and integral part of the local community.

All we hope is that our loyal readers continue to pick up a copy and indulge in some non-screen time as we, and other news outlets, navigate our recovery after being Zuckerpunc­hed.

As Dubbo Photo News was going to press the ground was rapidly shifting in the Facebook v Australian media wars.

Facebook’s Australian managing director William Easton said extended discussion­s with the Australian government had been productive and that federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg had agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address the social media giant’s “core concerns”.

“We have consistent­ly supported a framework that would encourage innovation and collaborat­ion between online platforms and publishers,” Mr Easton said

“After further discussion­s, we are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognize the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them.

“As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australian­s in the coming days.”

THE Facebook page of a Dubbo-based domestic violence unit which assists vulnerable women and children across the Central West has been reinstated after becoming caught in the escalating stoush between the social media giant and Federal Government.

Alongside charities, community organisati­ons, the weather bureau, health department­s and police agencies, the Western NSW Community Legal Centre had its Facebook page wiped for almost 24 hours last week.

The organisati­on provides free legal advice and support to people experienci­ng disadvanta­ge and uses its Facebook page to communicat­e with vulnerable community members and service providers.

Senior solicitor Rachael

Robertson described the blackout period, albeit short, as “distressin­g” and outlined the impacts it had on the organisati­on.

“While it wasn’t for a long period of time, we had lawyers out in remote towns in the Central West on Thursday and Friday,” she said.

“We were unable to communicat­e with the service providers that follow us or more broadly with community members that our lawyers were in their towns providing free legal advice.

“Getting timely legal advice and practical support can have life-changing consequenc­es for many of the clients we help.”

Following the outpour of public fury over the accidental wiping of non-news accounts, a senior Facebook executive apologised for the “mistakes.”

 ?? SUPPLIED ?? Senior solicitor at a local domestic violence unit, Rachael Robertson, said Facebook is an important tool for communicat­ing with the community. PHOTO:
SUPPLIED Senior solicitor at a local domestic violence unit, Rachael Robertson, said Facebook is an important tool for communicat­ing with the community. PHOTO:

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