Facebook to block Australian publishers and users from sharing or viewing news | Facebook

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would restrict publishers and users in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.

The move comes in response to Australia’s proposed Media Bargaining law, which would force Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, to pay publishers for content, Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The law “fundamentally misunderstands” the relationship between tech platforms and publishers, Facebook said.

Facebook said Australian users will not be able read or share news content on the platform, and Australian news publishers will be restricted posting or sharing content on Facebook pages.

Google has also threatened to shut down its search engine in the country to avoid “unworkable” content laws.

This is a developing story. More details soon.


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