Is Facebook good for reasoned debate?

This comment piece for The Age gets into the question. The debate comes in the context of a proposal from Australia that digital platforms like Facebook and Google reimburse local media outlets, like The Age, for the ad revenue that is diverted to the social media sites.

In response to the proposal, Facebook has threatened to block Australian news outlets from the platform.

As I write: there is a fundamental confusion over the aims of news and social media.

Full comment piece: Making good on Facebook’s threat to Australia