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Fighting digital goliaths

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Jakarta   /   Mon, February 22 2021   /  01:00 am
Facebook, Google and other US internet giants have sharply boosted efforts to clamp down on online hate speech, a top European Union official said Thursday.(Shutterstock/OlegDoroshin)

Indonesia can learn, to a certain extent, from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who has opted for a confrontational approach in dealing with economic superpower China and the United States superpower tech companies for the sake of the national interest. Hopefully, there will be win-win solutions to the disputes. The world was shocked last week, when Facebook moved to punish the Australian people for the country’s plan to force the US tech giant to pay news publishers for the news it uploads on its platform. Facebook threatened to the block news feeds for all Australians. Facebook’s harsh action is a preemptive move to warn other countries that US big techs are already beyond the power of sovereign nations. The fight perfectly replicates the collision between David and Goliath. However, no matter how powerful the digital companies are, they cannot take on all ...