Facebook Cuts Off Australia From News

Tech giant blocks publishers rather than pay for news content through a proposed law

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Facebook will no longer allow Australian users to view or share news articles, the company announced today, opting to cut the country off entirely rather than pay its publishers for news content.

The platform’s drastic move comes in direct response to Australia’s proposed media bargaining law, which would require tech giants including Facebook and Google to pay for the news content that appears on their services. The proposed law has been a point of panic for tech giants, which play a massive role in the modern news ecosystem.



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