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Facebook blocks Australians from accessing news on platform

World
Facebook has announced it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalismBy ROD McGUIRK Associated PressFebruary 17, 2021, 9:59 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANBERRA, Australia -- Facebook announced Thursday it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement.Australian users cannot share Australian or international news.International users outside Australia also canno...

Google warns Australians could lose free search services

Technology
Google has warned that the Australian government’s plans to make digital giants pay for news content threatens users’ free services in Australia and could hand users’ data to media organizationsBy ROD McGUIRK Associated PressAugust 17, 2020, 8:37 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANBERRA, Australia -- Google warned on Monday that the Australian government’s plans to make digital giants pay for news content threatens users’ free services in Australia and could hand users’ data to media organizations. The U.S.-based company's warning, contained in what it called an “Open letter to Australians,” comes a week before public consultations close on Australian draft laws that would make both Google and Facebook pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. “...