Facebook, in its war with Australia, blocks any news in the country: they cannot be seen or shared
Threatened for a while and has fulfilled it: Facebook has blocked the ability to view or share news from Australia for users in the country of Oceania. Both users and media companies can share news articles and related content on Facebook. It is essentially a total ban on all news content that is related to Australia. Reason? Not paying the media.
Australian authorities have been preparing an important regulatory medium what seeks that Internet platforms pay the media to share and use their news. That is, since Facebook makes a profit because users spend time on its social network full of news, it should pay those who create that news. Facebook doesn’t agree with that, and neither does Google.
The bill has already been approved by the Australian House of Representatives and everything indicates that he has enough guaranteed votes to win in the Senate as well. If so, Internet platforms will be obliged to pay the media for the content.
No Australian or Australian news
In response to this new regulation, Facebook has started making changes, which in this case means not offering any Australian content to Australians. In fact, even users from other countries will not be able to share content that comes from Australian media. Facebook describes four affected groups:
- Australian media: They are not allowed to share or post any content on Facebook pages.
- Australian users: They are not allowed to view or share Australian or international news content.
- International media: Your links cannot be seen or shared in Australia.
- International users: They are not allowed to view or share Australian news.
The Facebook pages of Australia’s major newspapers right now pic.twitter.com/TufdmreWSY
— Max Chalmers (@maxchalm) February 17, 2021
One of Facebook’s arguments for not being in favor of this new regulation is how its platform works. He says that if the media puts the news on Facebook it is because it benefits them. According to Facebook, unlike Google that indexes the news automatically, they are voluntarily posted on Facebook by the media.
Google, which also draws on the content of the media, has decided to reach small agreements with communication companies in Australia. For example they reached an agreement with News Corp Recently. In other parts of the world has also reached agreements with the media.