In yet another controversial move which sparked outrage as several governments and emergency response pages, including health authorities, fire services, and the police in Australia, Facebook has blocked the country users from reading and sharing local and international news following a dispute over media payment law.
Claimed to be a move out of being upset over the new legislation brought in by the Australian government that forces the tech companies to pay publishers for their news content, Facebook on Thursday blocked all media content on the feeds.
Followed by which, Australians woke to empty news feeds on their Facebook Inc pages while various social media handles flooded with users criticising Facebook’s decision. With this, Facebook Alphabet Inc-owned Google after they joined together for years to campaign against the laws.
Both had threatened to cancel services in Australia, but Google has instead sealed preemptive deals with several outlets in recent days. However, analysts have it that the move doesn’t affect the social media giant’s revenue, as the news makes up less than 4% of the content people see in their news feed.