Sep 1, 2020
Facebook threatens news sharing ban in Australia
Facebook has threatened to stop users from sharing news content in Australia as it prepares for a new law forcing it to pay publishers for their articles. Regulators want tech giants like Facebook and Google to pay for the content reposted from news outlets. The social media network said that if the proposed legislation becomes law it will stop Australians from sharing news on Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram. In a blog post, Facebook's managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Will Easton, said the draft law "Misunderstands the dynamics of the internet and will do damage to the very news organisations the government is trying to protect". Mr Easton claimed Facebook sent 2.3bn clicks from Facebook's newsfeed back to Australian news websites, worth around A$200m during the first five months of the year.
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