Facebook threatens to block users, media in Australia from sharing news if new law is passed

All major Australian news media organisations have backed a government plan to force digital giants to pay for content.

Social media platform Facebook on Tuesday threatened to block users and media organisations in Australia from sharing news stories if a government plan to force digital giants to pay for content is approved. All major media companies in Australia, such as News Corp Australia, Nine Entertainment and Guardian Australia, have backed the plan, to offset their loss of advertising revenue to Facebook, The Guardian reported.

“Assuming this draft code becomes law, we will reluctantly stop allowing publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram,” Will Easton, the managing director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, said in a blog post. “This is not our first choice – it is our last. But it is the only way to protect against an outcome that defies logic and will hurt, not help, the long-term vibrancy of Australia’s news and media sector.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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