Facebook shuts down news outlets in Australia
Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, has blocked its newsfeed pages in Australia due to a dispute with the Australian government.
According to foreign media, Facebook has shut down its platform for Australian users to read and share local and international news.
Media reports say Facebook’s move is part of a campaign by the Australian government against forcing publishers to pay in exchange for publishing news.
A statement from Facebook said: “The Australian government’s proposed law does not comply with the fundamental rights of the relationship between our platform and publishers who share their news through our platform.
Facebook says the government’s attempt to enforce the proposed law ignores the reality of the relationship between Facebook and publishers, so the Australian government’s move has left us with a unilateral decision to allow us to share news content in Australia. Revoke permission now.
The Australian government is trying to persuade technology companies, including Facebook and Google, to pay for news sharing on its website, while the law would force companies to deal with media companies. And set fees for them.
Google has also threatened to shut down its service in Australia over the Australian government’s move, while also entering into revenue-sharing agreements with publishers.
On the other hand, the Australian Prime Minister has reacted to Facebook’s move by saying that Australia will not be threatened by blocking the news feed for Facebook users.
Scott Morrison called Facebook’s move “disappointing, arrogant.”