Facebook bans Australian news

The restrictions on sharing news on Facebook in Australia come in response to the proposed News Media And Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code.

Shockwaves have run through the Australian news media industry as Facebook restricts publishers (including ArtsHub and Screenhub) and people in Australia from sharing local and international news. The restrictions have been made in response to the proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code.

Facebook said in a statement that the proposed law ‘fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content.’ 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob