Facebook blocks the publication of news in Australia | Digital Trends Spanish



Facebook has restricted the ability to share news within its platform in Australia.

The measure, which affects both the media and users of the country who use its platform, has been communicated by the social network itself in a b postlog of February 17. The platform’s decision is the result of the approval of a controversial law introduced by the Australian government called the Media Negotiation Code. This law requires both Facebook and Alphabet – Google’s parent company – to pay the media if they want to use their content on any platform.

Facebook also blocked its own page

The Facebook block not only affects local media, but also the Australian government’s own websites such as the Bureau of Meteorology, health agencies and even literary magazines. Facebook has also blocked their own page for sharing news about themselves on their platform.

For its part, it seems that the measure frees international media that will be able to publish news content on Facebook, although Australian users will not be able to see it or share it.

“What the law introduced in Australia fails to recognize is the nature of the relationship between our platform and the media. Contrary to what some have suggested, Facebook does not steal news content. The media choose to publish their news on Facebook because they find new readers, get subscribers and improve their income. The media would not use Facebook if it did not contribute to their profitability, “said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s media relations representative in his remarks.

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