Feb 22, 2021

Facebook in Australia: What happened after news was blocked?

Critics of Facebook say the company's ban on news appearing on its platform in Australia has made it more difficult for people to access reliable sources - and increased the influence of bad and misleading information. Some Australian government health-department and emergency-services pages found that their Facebook accounts had been affected. We looked at Facebook posts from pages in Australia related to Covid-19 and vaccines over two 24-hour periods - before and after the ban was imposed. These pages weren't classified as "News", and following the ban they could still be accessed via Facebook. The AAP can still rate and label posts on Facebook and tack on links to reliable AAP stories, but users cannot share the site's articles themselves.

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