Facebook bans Aussies from viewing or sharing news content

Noticed something different when you scrolled through Facebook this morning? Us too – our ‘news’ feeds are gone.

The social media giant has banned Australians from sharing or viewing news in their feeds, over the federal government’s proposed Media Bargaining Law.

Australia’s plan of forcing social media giants to pay for news content has (no surprise) been met with adversity,  but Facebook’s taken it a step further – ridding our pages of news content altogether.


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It hasn’t just affected media pages, with critical accounts including Queensland Health, the Bureau of Meteorology and Translink also now stripped of their platform.

Facebook Australia and New Zealand managing director William Easton released a statement on the move overnight.

“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” it reads.

“It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia.

“With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”

Most Australian news pages have had all their content stripped from the page, including cover photos in some cases.

Google had also threatened to pull its search engine from Australia but hasn’t moved forward with it yet.

Mr Easton says they’re both very different platforms, and Facebook ultimately had no choice.

“Google Search is inextricably intertwined with news and publishers do not voluntarily provide their content.

“On the other hand, publishers willingly choose to post news on Facebook, as it allows them to sell more subscriptions, grow their audiences and increase advertising revenue,” his statement reads.

“Last year Facebook generated approximately 5.1 billion free referrals to Australian publishers worth an estimated AU$407 million.

“For Facebook, the business gain from news is minimal. News makes up less than 4 per cent of the content people see in their News Feed.

“Journalism is important to a democratic society, which is why we build dedicated, free tools to support news organisations around the world in innovating their content for online audiences.”

The ball’s now back in the federal government’s court, with Facebook considering launching a specific Facebook News platform.

But it will depend on which rules the government puts in place.

It’s not just Australians who are unable to view or share news content from Australian publishers.

Posting and sharing news links from Australian publishers is also restricted on a global scale as well.

More to come.

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The absolute best thing to ever happen In modern history, how will lefties complain about rubbish that hurts their feelings .
I’m literally toasting to this in my spa right now .

Best news I’ve heard. Facebook is a thief stealing news from around the world and reposting making millions off others. All countries should introduce laws to stop Facebook stealing news. What it’s doing needs to be brought to an end.
Just hope the government doesn’t weaken and give in.
The media companies should all get together and do a class action against facebook.
We don’t want news on social sites that’s why we have news sites.
That’s why I like myGC it’s news by choice not forced upon you.

Did you not read the article? The news organizations were freely choosing to post on Facebook. Then they turn around and want to charge them for voluntarily posting content. Why should Facebook have to pay because someone shared a story? I believe that I found myGC.com because someone shared a story from it at one time. Now I visit the site every day.

Wow, they really mean it. I couldn’t even share THIS on Facey. Not even with copying the URL!

Fantastic glad you check it out 👍👍👍

The Australian government is not backing down on the issue. I wonder what Facebook’s next move will be. I am worried it will be up to and including pulling out of Australia altogether (deleting Australian Facebook accounts and blocking Australian IP addresses so Aussies can’t access the website or app) Facebook has proved to the world how greedy they really are.

The other issue is in Australia without credible news the vacuum will quickly be filled by crackpot conspiracy theorists scammers and anti-vaxxers, sharing their dangerous ideologies unabated.

Last edited 6 days ago by Nick W