Facebook to block news content in Australia, defying regulators

Facebook maintains that new Australian legislation penalises the company for content it didn’t take or ask for. – EPA pic, February 18, 2021.

FACEBOOK said yesterday it would block news content sharing in Australia, refusing to bend to a regulatory push that would force the social giant to share revenue with media outlets.

The dramatic move by Facebook comes with Australia poised to adopt legislation that would force digital platforms to pay for news content.

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