Facebook prevents Australians from sharing news

AA | Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 17:43 | Last Updated: 18 02 2021 – 17:43

Social networking site Facebook announced that it is preventing Australians from sharing news on the platform due to a bill that requires tech giants to pay for news produced by Australian media companies.

Facebook has made a statement regarding the bill, which is being discussed in the Australian Parliament, obliging Google and Facebook to pay for the news produced by Australian media companies.

Australian broadcasters may continue to post news content on Facebook, but links and posts cannot be viewed or shared by Australians, the statement said.

In the statement, which stated that Australians cannot share national or international news on Facebook, it was stated that international users from outside the country cannot share Australian news.

On February 15, Google signed an agreement with Seven West Media, one of Australia’s leading media companies, to use the news content it produces for a fee.

A law proposal was prepared to make Google pay

Australia announced in April 2020 that it will be regulated so that technology giants will pay news sources for the content they use.

Josh Frydenberg, head of the Australian Federal Treasury, said his country would be the first country in the world where social media giants would have to pay for original news content by introducing a mandatory law.

Google then threatened to shut down the main search engine in Australia and block news sharing on Facebook if the bill forcing the company to pay for the content it published was accepted.

Google’s search engine, the most used in Australia, holds 95 percent of the market share in the country.

According to the University of Canberra 2020 Digital News Report, 39 percent of Australians use Facebook for news tracking.