Facebook threatens to ban Australian users from sharing links to news stories

Published on September 1, 2020 by

Facebook has threatened to ban Australian users and publishers from sharing news stories in a bid to avoid paying for news under the draft news media bargaining code.

Responding via a blog post, Facebook accused the federal government of “misunderstanding the dynamics of the internet”.

The government announced they were seeking to make giant tech companies like Google and Facebook compensate Australian media companies for content published on the platforms.

Facebook warned if the draft code became law, they would “reluctantly stop allowing publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news” on both Facebook and Instagram.

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