Facebook blocks news in Australia

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Facebook has blocked news outlets using their platform in Australia.

The move stopped around 18 million Australian Facebook users from viewing or sharing Australian news.

Facebook has blocked the content in response to new rules set by the Australian government and their new media code.

The media code requires companies like Facebook and Google to pay media companies for content.

Google has struck deals with several outlets ahead of the introduction of Australia’s news media code. However, Facebook went the other way and stopped displaying content.

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, called the company’s actions “as arrogant as they were disappointing”.

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