Facebook pulls all news content in Australia over new media law
What you need to know
- Facebook will no longer show news content in Australia following a clash over the company's News Media Bargaining Code.
- Google adopted the same position at first but relented and signed a deal with News Corp.
- Australian PM Scott Morrison called Facebook's move arrogant and hailed Google's.
Facebook this week took a drastic step against the Australian government, restricting the sharing of news and viewing of news content in the country. The move comes after a debate over Australia's Media Bargaining Code, a law that would compel social media companies to pay news publishers for links shared on their platform drew fierce criticism from Facebook and Google.
William Easton, Managing Director, Facebook Australia & New Zealand said;
The decision was received about as well as you'd imagine, with Australian PM Scott Morrison calling Facebook's actions "arrogant" and "disappointing" in a statement shared on Facebook.
By way of contrast, Google did threaten to pull out of Australia as well a couple of weeks ago, but the company later relented and worked with news publishers for payment. News Corp shared on Wednesday that it had come to an agreement with Google which included "the development of a subscription platform, the sharing of ad revenue via Google's ad technology services, the cultivation of audio journalism and meaningful investments in innovative video journalism by YouTube."
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