Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill

Facebook has decided to block both Australian users and media companies from sharing links to news articles and related content on its main social network, following the country’s proposed landmark regulatory measure that would force tech giants to pay Australian news organizations for using their content.

The bill passed the Australian House of Representatives today and is believed to have enough votes to pass the Senate, The New York Times reported. The bill also targets Google, which at one point last month threatened to leave the country entirely. However, Google has since decided to start cutting deals with major Australian media organizations, like Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., to comply. Facebook, it appears, will not follow suit — for now.


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  • That_Bloke

    February 18, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Farcebook is playing victim here but they aren’t the victims here. ACCC basically told them that thr news providers deserve some of the ad revenue that FB gets from shared news content & FB doesn’t want to share, they’d rather go without than share.

  • dogwomble

    February 19, 2021 at 12:26 am

    To be fair, I’m not sure exactly how I feel about this I broadly agree that people who write news expect to be paid, that is reasonable. On the other hand, I get the impression that the most vocal people fighting for it are all owned by the same people. most of the others are fine with it.

    Though I do think I prefer Google’s approach in all of this. Rather than taking their bat and ball and going home, they’re at least trying to find a workable solution.

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