Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia
Publishers in Australia may lose the opportunity to share news on social media, Facebook. Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia. The threat came as a result of a law proposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (ACCC) that requires Facebook and other technology companies to pay publishers for their content. According to Facebook, news content “is not a significant source of income.”
“Assuming that the draft code becomes law, we must disable the ability to share local and international news for all Facebook and Instagram users in Australia,” said Will Easton, Facebook’s executive director in Australia and New Zealand.
The ban, according to the company, will affect the development of the entire Australian news and media sector.
“We have a choice: either delete the news altogether or adopt a system that allows publishers to charge us for the amount of content they want and the cost they want,” the company wrote in its blog. Unfortunately, no business can work this way. “