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Facebook Deliberately Caused Chaos to Water Down Australian News Law: Report

Facebook Deliberately Caused Chaos to Water Down Australian News Law: Report

There was a short time in 2021 when Facebook blocked all Australian users from sharing news across their feeds. The drastic change came in response to a proposed law from the country’s authorities that would strongarm the social media company into paying for news content. Even at the time, people in Australia and abroad noticed that the content being blocked went far beyond news—pages from hospitals to fire services ended up being taken down, too.

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