Why has Facebook banned Australian news?

Australian News Ban
Australian News Ban

Australian authorities had drawn up the new media bargaining law to “level the playing field” between the tech giants and struggling publishers over profits

Of every A$100 (£56; $77) spent on digital advertising in Australian media these days, A$81 goes to Google and Facebook

But Facebook said the law left it “facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia”. They chose the latter

The law sought “to penalize Facebook for content it didn’t take or ask for“

Facebook said it helped Australian publishers earn about A$407m (£228m;$316m) last year through referrals, but for itself “the platform gain from news is minimal”

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