Facebook blocks Australians users from sharing news

Feb 18 2021 12:15 PM
Facebook blocks Australians users from sharing news

Washington: Social media giant Facebook said that Australia will no longer find news on the social media app.

According to the media report, Facebook decided to not allow users in Australia to share news in response to proposed legislation in Australia that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content. In a blog post,  Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president of global news partnerships, said, "What the proposed law introduced in Australia fails to recognise is the fundamental nature of the relationship between our platform and publishers."

He further added, "Contrary to what some have suggested, Facebook does not steal news content. Publishers choose to share their stories on Facebook. I hope in the future, we can include news for people in Australia once again." Earlier, during a January hearing in Australia's senate, FB had suggested it could block content in the country if the bill becomes law.

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