How Facebook Banned News In Australia

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing and viewing news content on the platform. This decision is the most restrictive move Facebook has ever taken against content publishers explaining that the new law is a bad reflection of how the internet works, and it wrongfully “punishes” their platform. News Media Law was voted on Wednesday and the Australian Government warned that the rules apply to all media and publishing outlets and that everyone must obey the law set by the Government.

How Facebook Banned News In Australia

It is official, Facebook has blocked news in Australia. Can you imagine Facebook without news? Users of this social media network and publishers in Australia now can.

Facebook made this radical move after months of failed attempts to fight against the new media law proposed by the Australian Government.

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing and viewing news content on the platform. This decision is the most restrictive move Facebook has ever taken against content publishers explaining that the new law is a bad reflection of how the internet works, and it wrongfully “punishes” their platform. News Media Law was voted on Wednesday and the Australian Government warned that the rules apply to all media and publishing outlets and that everyone must obey the law set by the Government.

With these new changes, Australians have been restricted access to news and vital information, and many think this will have wide-ranging consequences both in the country and around the world. Those outside the country were also unable to read or access any Australian news publications on Facebook. The Government criticized the arrogant move, saying it demonstrated the immense market power of tech giants considering that 17 million Australian users visit this social media platform every month.

The pages of all leading media collapsed, and due to restrictions, the pages reporting on fires were blocked, as well as the pages of the emergency service and charities for domestic violence.

“These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behavior of Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that rules should not apply to them”, wrote Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a post on his own Facebook page, which did not appear to have been affected by the restrictions. “They may be changing the world, but that doesn’t mean they run it.”