Facebook struck a deal with the government on proposed legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.
Father of the Web Timothy Berners-Lee says Australian's media law may render the Internet unworkable
It’s a question dividing proponents and critics of the proposed Australian law: does it effectively make Google and Facebook “pay for clicks” and might it be the beginning of the end of free access?
Australian PM urges Facebook to lift its blockage, warns that other countries would follow the govt's example
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Facebook’s move to prevent Australians accessing and sharing news as a threat.
While Google announced a three-year global agreement with News Corp, Facebook took the opposite tack and said it would restrict people and publishers from sharing or viewing news links in Australia.
Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences.
Australia's government has designed a mandatory news media bargaining code that would force Facebook and Google to compensate local publishers for hosting news stories on their platforms.
Facebook is reportedly testing this feature for user wellbeing in Australia starting today.