Facebook pulled the trigger on Australian news — and shot itself in the foot

February 20, 2021

By The Conversation

Facebook today made good on its threat to block Australians from accessing or posting news content. The ban includes blocking links to Australian and overseas news publishers. Facebook said the ban was a direct response to the federal government’s news media code legislation, which is expected to become law soon and would require digital platforms such as Facebook and Google to pay news media companies whose content they host. Why has Facebook done this? The move is either a last-ditch attempt to gain concessions in the legislation or a simple cut-and-run by Facebook. The social media giant claims news publishers…

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