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Great opportunity: How YouTubers, Politicians and Conspiracy Theorists can take control of Facebook

 As news spreads the boot from Facebook, YouTubers, politicians, and conspiracy theorists took this time to pursue their goals.

YouTube star Jordan Shanks says Facebook's decision to block mainstream news is a 'great opportunity' for his fans to take control of the platform.

He boasts 800,000 on his social media platform 'FoodlyJordies' and has already used his platform to become a political rival - and in September led a vigorous campaign against NSW Government policy that would see Koala's residential protection laws weakened.

He is a staunch supporter of the Labor Party.

In his private Facebook group called 'The Common Sense Brigade,' Shanks encouraged his followers to build a network of local Facebook groups.

'We want the boomers/others to join us and the groups to become real community institutions that just happen to be controlled by Common Sense Brigadiers,' he said.

'In the meantime, you can manage the account on Facebook,' he said. 'Initially, we would have created ten seats for the program in the Labor party which could benefit from the next election. We would make other Facebook groups continue. '

‘You have very special access to the boomers testing tool,’ he said. 'Murdoch's publisher can't compete right now, you can make these teams.'

Shanks' comments come amid concerns that misinformation and misinformation were rife in the forum following the closure of credible news outlets.

Numerous pages and groups dedicated to promoting conspiracy theories have continued to work.

Among them is a group committed to promoting a baseless conspiracy orchestrated by the 1996 Port Arthur massacre and one containing false information about the forthcoming coronavirus vaccine.

'I'm very concerned that Facebook is becoming a more information-intensive site,' said Dr. Alex Wake, RMIT University's senior lecturer in journalism to the Daily Mail Australia. 'All you have to do is log in to your social media page to see all the wrong information being sent - and there is no way to fix it with a reliable media source.'

Politicians are still able to post their unsanctioned views on Facebook, and, Pauline Hanson, Anthony Albanese, and Mark Latham all sharing conflicting gaps between the news media.

Libra backbencher Craig Kelly misused coronavirus information to 90,000 of his Facebook followers, before being banned for one week.

'I laughed today when I saw that politicians can live straight in society without people to answer to them,' said Dr. Wake. 'It is a form of dictatorship.

'One of the great things about Facebook is that people could bring a variety of ideas not only from their province but also from Australia and around the world.'

Facebook's decision to ban Australians from viewing or posting any links to local or international media outlets has been a response to the proposed law requiring you to pay for shared news on its site.

It argues that it, along with other communications agencies, should not be governed by the rules and restrictions that apply to other publishers and broadcasters.


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