Not surprising is it? It's also not just spelling but also the death of grammar. Even spelling and grammar checkers built into wordprocessors and apps don't address this issue because they don't necessarily teach (only correct) and kids won't learn (only follow).
On the other hand, maybe this is just part of the natural evolution of language. Over time the social media vernacular will become the predominant and widely accepted form of communication, while what we know today, involving correct spelling and proper grammar, becomes just another dead language.
The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code is here!
Under the code, news and media outlets CAN ask tech giants like Facebook and Google for payment for their news content appearing on their sites, but will ALL news and media outlets rely on the Code? We expect there are some outlets who recognise the benefit they receive from their content being shared or searchable on the internet and that alone is sufficient value in return... and a better outcome than being blocked or banned.
It seems that the 'experiment' is almost over. Facebook have reached an agreement with the Australian government which is said to include changes to the media bargaining laws.
By now, Facebook and the various news and media outlets have a better idea of the dynamics of their relationship. How did the ban change user behaviour or traffic to Facebook and/or news websites? It's going to be interesting to review the results (if they're ever made public).
We'll admit, a few times we've read a news article and tried to post it here forgetting there's a current ban on sharing Australian news. Facebook rejects the post with a little popup that invites you to read their reasoning for implementing the ban.
Oh well, aside from sadly robbing you of our commentary and wit, have you missed out on anything else since the ban and has your Facebook feed dwindled since?
Question: Does Facebook have any obligation to Australia?
Why are politicians upset with Facebook? What obligation, if any, does Facebook owe to them or to Australia and Australians? Is Facebook obliged to allow Australian users to share news or to make Australian news accessible to Facebook users worldwide? What about public health announcements? Is Facebook an official channel for the Australian government to disseminate health information to its population?
At the end of the day, Facebook is a private enterprise and presumably, it's motivated by market forces (whether that's defined by users or advertisers is another question). But ultimately, it could choose to just flick a switch and turn it off too. If Australia had any doubts about what Facebook can or can't do, it just had a reminder.
The Australian Government wants Facebook to pay news and media outlets for news content. But does Facebook share news content? Or is it really Facebook users, including the news and media outlets themselves... and if that's the case, shouldn't it be user pays and not Facebook? If news and media outlets promote their content by sharing it on Facebook, why should Facebook be paying them?
We have no specific love or support for Facebook (we have had our own challenges) nor do we support the news outlets, but what we don't understand is why Australian politicians are upset by Facebook's response. What else did they expect by forcing/pressuring Facebook to the 'negotiation' table?