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Why Facebook shut off news for Australia

The site blacks out news outlets in Australia over proposed legislation that would require Facebook to pay news publishers for content. Here’s how such rules could affect you, and why other governments may follow suit.



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  1. dustin nackley

    February 19, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    About time! Facebook is getting to big for themselves!

    • Ray Johnson

      February 19, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      So is News corp and Murdoch media having politicians like Australia’s prime minister in his pocket

  2. MJP

    February 19, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Facebook is a monster that needs taming. Go Australia!

  3. blahniach

    February 19, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Whoever gets their “news” from Fecesbook is mentally challanged and should rethink what they’re doing.

  4. Croco baur

    February 19, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    91 coments from 91 fb users

  5. Mrinal Choudhury

    February 19, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Why people still using Facebook?? It sucks i am glad that i ditched it 3 years ago…even before that i wasn’t actually using it anyway..

  6. Alpha Tongper

    February 19, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Omg your eyes are so beautiful 😍 and thanks for the update

  7. TheChodogg

    February 19, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Small media companies DON’T GET ANYTHING from this bargaining code. In fact, it will hurt them and possibly drive them to disappear slowly but surely. The big media companies are also asking for Google and Facebook’ RANKING ALGORITHM, meaning they will abuse it to dominate content people see on their feeds & front pages. That will drive less and less traffics to those small independent content creators, and those big media companies will dominate the information we come across once again, just like when there were only TVs and newspapers.

  8. Adi Vemireddy

    February 19, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    I didn’t know people get their news from Facebook.


    February 19, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Bc FB are authoritarian fascists.

  10. Tim

    February 19, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    FB censorship, suprise

  11. ali ali

    February 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    sounds good to me. every government should rally against facebook. it’s an evil company run by an evil little nerd boy

  12. FranksDen

    February 19, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    You also need to mention that Murdoch Media empire owns about %80 of all the print media in Australia, so we essentially have a monoploy of press that is pro liberal and anti labour… Murdoch wants to get paid for online content being shared…
    Its more complex than just saying FB banned news content…

    • Ray Johnson

      February 20, 2021 at 12:06 am

      At least you are informed

  13. CVCCI

    February 19, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Facebook is a joke. Do yourself a favor and deactivate your account. You’ll be OK, I promise

  14. W Wardle

    February 19, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    No, actually I am going to 12 different news sites to get my news because I don’t have Facebook. Facebook isn’t a news site, it’s social media.

  15. Anthony Pinto

    February 19, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I think this is a very good thing. Facebook has become far too central and has way too much influence, Google has become much of the same for the search world. I myself stoped using Facebook some 3 years ago and closed my account in the past few months. I find myself missing out on nothing. monopolies and duopolies are very bad for everyone. Let Facebook fight, and with any luck it will cause some people to open their eyes.

  16. Ray Johnson

    February 19, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I had already sent a personal video on Facebook to Mark Zuckerberg basically saying do not bend to the government because we still need the royal Commission into Murdoch media who has control over the liberal National party who are in control of the Parliament currently and the only reason this bill is coming into play is because Rupert Murdoch is losing share of revenue to these two platforms and the word Newton’s third law of motion means they have to take notice

  17. Michael Tucker

    February 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    We are coming up to an election later this year and this whole drama is going to blow up some corrupt politicians. No longer will they be able to use the Facebook algorithm to sway voters.
    No news is good news! Much of what we receive now is copy/paste journalism anyway, with not many paid to actually get into any depth of a story.

  18. no taboos

    February 20, 2021 at 12:41 am

    No one really needs Facebook.

  19. cooldudecs

    February 20, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Facebook is about to hit a brick wall

  20. Jai Chapman

    February 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

    The news media bargaining code is an absolute joke, its only purpose is the Liberal party protecting News Corp and other media conglomerates that they have in their back pocket. Facebook and Google need regulation but this is the worst possible way of going about it.

  21. Jon Doe

    February 20, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Facebook aren’t asking news organisations for their content? These news organisations are choosing to post their content on the Facebook platform and want to get paid for it, is this not extortion? ‘I’ll upload my stuff to your website and you can pay me for it whether you like it or not’, WTF is this BS. All involved are scummy organisations so whatever, who cares, don’t use Facebook n never will, don’t pay much attention to the mainstream media organisations either because as for the most part it’s filled with opinion pieces masquerading as news content. Either way some obscenely rich organisation gets richer out of this and us ‘commoners’ adapt, the end.

  22. Axe Pagode

    February 20, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I don’t blame FB for walking away. They are providing a platform for all these media sites to get the word out to the public for free. Of course free is not good enough, they want to be payed as well. Australia’s population is so small that it is not worth FB time to deal with them.

  23. Barbara Dalton

    February 20, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Rupert murdochs puppets are at it again!
    Australia is governed/ruled by the murdoch & Stokes families (Rudd & turnbull know)
    When the govt in Australia doesn’t go in the direction these families want Australia to go… our politicians (in office – many dual citizens) get summoned to Rupert murdoch’s office in america (ask lachlan! he knows his father’s deep dark racist motives)… Most Australian news outlets are narrated & owned by rupert murdoch and kerry Stokes’ media empires… ABC is getting dodgy too!
    (Be careful Miriam🙏)
    By the way it’s crazy that Australia has dual citizens in government dictating to Australians how to work, live, eat, sleep & play… then after politics they get to run off back to their motherlands after getting rich in our affairs😶
    Bloody ridiculous!

  24. TuckerMan

    February 20, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Good for Australia. 🇦🇺

    Relying on Facebook as a credible news source? Lmao 🤣🤣🤣

  25. Brody Baddis

    February 20, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Thank you for keeping the comments open. The very private business crying out about this ban have their comments turned off. FB is fair in wanting the proposed bill to have clearer wordings.

  26. wir-kl-ich-keit de • Physische Unsterblichkeit

    February 20, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Die meisten löschen alles und hindern den anderen, an die richtigen Informationen zu kommen. Wer immer noch kämpft, fährt voll gegen die Wand, ohne es zu merken, es ist 5nach12. Die Illusion geht zu Ende. Das System opfert alles für den bevorstehenden Quantensprung: wir-kl-ich-keit(punkt)de

  27. elmin

    February 20, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    No covid in Australia anyway

  28. electrikoptik

    February 20, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    One of the best things I did was delete my facebook account.

  29. Greg

    February 20, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Good. I hope Facebook loses the ad revenue and this happens everywhere in the world.

  30. tranvietx

    February 20, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    With Murdoch’ support, the Morrison Government won the 2019 election. Therefore, to pay back, it makes the law to force Facebook and Google to give some money to Murdoch’s media in Australia. Mark Zuckerberg was right when he decided not to give Murdoch a cent. Mark was entitled to remove Australian news from his platform. He did not attack anyone, unlike the politicians who were unmasked.

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    February 20, 2021 at 12:52 pm

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  32. Pat Kuykendall - Weeks

    February 20, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Australia got it right. No need to give the media another way to garner ad revenue and ratings

  33. Somphol Boonjing

    February 20, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    FB move is awesome. The media company should be the one who pay for the privilege of appearing on FB to start with, let alone asking for FB to pay for their appearance. FB move did just that, go away all the news link, you have no right to be here.

    I would do just that if my tenant starts asking me to pay thinking it is their rights to live in my property and starts asking me to pay them.

    Media company should be happy now, no?

    • Sonya Ford

      February 20, 2021 at 11:05 pm

      Hello how are you doing?

  34. Vincent Koech

    February 20, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    It’s the beginning of the end for small independent publishers.

  35. Samsung TV

    February 20, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    F EM ALL

  36. Andy GK

    February 20, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    anyone who uses facebook for factual news deservs what they get

  37. CThienV

    February 20, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Just seems like it’s a way to silence indie journos and outlets.
    Step 1. Ban all news outlets.
    Step 2. Make deals with the big msm outlets.
    Step 3. Leave indie journos high and dry

  38. Flare

    February 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    When you realize Facebook net worth is just only 2 times less than Australian gdp

  39. Matthew Jardine

    February 20, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I am not a big fan of big tech throwing their weight around, however, this does not make sense to me. Google, for example, send readers to the website of the media company. There you are subject to that sites ads. Having their content on Google is to their benefit. If Google simply did not offer news, the media companies would be in big trouble. The claims against Facebook are mostly as confusing to me, however, makes more sense because you read the articles in a Facebook browser, which serves Facebook ads. This is a classic case of governments over-reaching.

    • Sonya Ford

      February 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      Hello how are you?

  40. Raya Alpha

    February 20, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    That means Facebook will have to pay All other news agents, perhaps fb don’t wanna do that.

  41. smayundav09

    February 20, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Facebook + Twitter + Youtbe = The American Deep State

  42. Greg James

    February 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    This is basically what the BBC does with Television sales.

  43. Data Soong

    February 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm


  44. Gamer Live Studio

    February 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Anybody can just go on Google and just type in the news and you can read it yourself come on how hard is that

  45. Gamer Live Studio

    February 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Nobody don’t even trust Facebook news anyway why would I trust that I don’t like that I wouldn’t want to get my news from Facebook anyways trash

  46. Gamer Live Studio

    February 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I’m glad good please do that in the United States because I don’t want Facebook news

  47. Damion Fragoso

    February 20, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Reporters and publishers deserve to be paid for their work

  48. Kate L

    February 20, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    If Facebook would have charged a fee, they could never have this much power. People are getting sick of it no matter who they are….so if they want to continue as a business, they’d better start following the law….break up their Monopoly, start charging a fee, observe privacy laws, and keep their noses out of everyone’s business! You didn’t see Pacific or Atlantic Bell getting away with the monopoly or listening to conversations!

  49. Bee See ES

    February 21, 2021 at 12:17 am

    This why you need ExpressVPN.

  50. TeddyStuff

    February 21, 2021 at 1:15 am


  51. Henré Rossouw

    February 21, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Introducing: RSS reader.

  52. Matthew maypa

    February 21, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Why would facebook pay when they offer their platform for free.
    It’s like lending your tools for free and being asked to pay for lending it. Corruption on the Australian Media side.
    Australian Media why are you using facebook anyway.

  53. Chayla James Dominic

    February 21, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    My account got banned last week.
    Thank God I contacted *Crack_maniacs* on Instagram immediately and he got it fixed

  54. Chayla James Dominic

    February 21, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    * My account got banned last week.
    Thank God I contacted *Crack_maniacs* on Instagram immediately and he got it fixed

  55. Satish Singh

    February 21, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Now Australia free for Facebook… 😅 .

  56. Anunnaki Menagerie

    February 21, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Facebook should have just ignored them. News organizations aren’t forced to use Facebook. Facebook doesn’t owe them anything.

  57. Mervyn Small

    February 21, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Delete WhatsApp too
    They’re recording all your phone calls
    And giving it to Facebook

  58. Voice Of Zimbabwe

    February 21, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    How are you, Lady?

  59. Siddharth Mishra

    February 21, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I support Australian government

  60. *

    February 21, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Zuckerburg and Facebook need to relegated to history. Both are bad and need to go away.

  61. Shane 8

    February 21, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Why would Facebook pay for a link? Australia is crazy

  62. Kwamy Appiah

    February 21, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I have a dream that fb will gradually collapse.


      February 22, 2021 at 12:06 am

      that’s one of my biggest hopes too – somehow

  63. Carlos

    February 21, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    If Facebook does not pay for news content then Facebook should not use news content

    • Kay Nine

      February 21, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      This argument only makes sense on paper and without any context

    • Carlos

      February 21, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      @Kay Nine, the news companies are trying to use the media bargaining code as a means of extracting want retroactive compensation. That is not right way to go about it.
      You cannot force an individual nor a company to pay for a product or service they do consume or benefit from. If Facebook does not use news content it would be unfair to force Facebook to pay for such content. Why are we not outraged at Uber for not compensating news companies for using their content?
      If we take it one step further, should media companies charge every Australian for their content, whether they use it or not?
      Since Facebook use of news content is not part of its core business, In essence, Facebook’s response is appropriate, and expected.

    • Kay Nine

      February 21, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      @Carlos ah I thought you were siding with the media it sounded like

  64. Wezzie0

    February 21, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Why haven’t the news sites put paying restrictions on their articles. You can’t read the Globe and mail without paying. This is a government affront to take down Facebook because paying all countries in the world would make them unprofitable. Facebook was not designed to be a news outlet or a media house, even fact checking fake news should not be their job. The government is extremely late in regulating social media platforms. If they want to regulate news then they should restrict any news on any social media platforms

  65. Kay Nine

    February 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    So according to commenters here….you hate “big media”….but also you want media companies to have Facebook which is allowing news companies to spread their word for pay them..Who sounds ridiculous now?

    • Kay Nine

      February 21, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      (Directed to the connectors in person)


    February 21, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Try VPN 💡or use twitter 🐦

  67. Bloody Wanker

    February 21, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    corpo vs government

  68. Jim Jam

    February 21, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    2:25 2:25 2:25
    1 Hacker Way
    2:25 2:25 2:25

  69. Samuel Lux

    February 21, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    australia: you have to pay us for showing our news
    fb: ok, I won’t show your news
    australia: NOOOOOOOOOO

    • Content Eater

      February 22, 2021 at 12:26 am

      Apply YouTube formula:

      1. You make the content
      2. They provide the platform
      3. You get paid in ad revenue (not by YouTube directly).

      Unless you go by TV network rules where they pay you for your content, but they keep the ads that they insert.

  70. Jericho Sharman

    February 21, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Google and Facebook are different structures.

    Facebook shouldn’t have to pay for news……….the ones benefitting is the news companies.

  71. Jo Black

    February 21, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Why?? It’s simple, FB was not going to let the Aussie government extort money from them

  72. Lloyd Joslin

    February 21, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Fb should charge news stations for using facebook

  73. Ivan Dammash

    February 21, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I stopped using facebook 18 months ago, to much rubbish.

  74. Antenox

    February 21, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    No more social media news?

    How do I move to Australia?

  75. A H

    February 21, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    News Corp runs Australia. Good for Facebook. Google caved and agreed to let Australia to dip into pocket. As we all know these news on FB are full of advertisements already.

  76. Red Pill Aware

    February 22, 2021 at 1:42 am

    I think the problem boils down to people thinking that Facebook is a news source.
    Facebook is an entertainment source, built around fantasy and lies.
    Delete your Facebook account today and in a week from now you will find that your mental health will improve dramatically.

  77. Nathaniel Bradford

    February 22, 2021 at 2:22 am

    I am from Australia and this ladies take on what is happening is no where close to the truth, The murdoch media empire is having a major sad it is losing massive revenue streams to facebook and google and is lobbying our liberal party to make policies to help them, the reality is that they depend on facebook to bring awareness to their brands, they choose to publish their content on facebook. Afraid to say this lady has got it completely wrong!

  78. Min Hlatt Htun Kyaw

    February 22, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Brah, you make we fair dinkum people like fools don’t you?

  79. Astro Sci

    February 22, 2021 at 3:35 am

    This is a classic example of a pusher (drug dealer) withholding the “stuff” so that the customer will give in to demands when withdrawal symptoms get worse.

    Zuckerberg is nothing more than an adolescent drug dealer who gets angry when people start to push back and start to better their lives without his “product”. Something tells me that he will be getting a lot more push-back in the coming weeks…

    Hopeful, this is his (and others) downfall. This anti-social little man certainly deserves the worst right now after everything he has done to the world.

  80. Dave

    February 22, 2021 at 4:05 am

    Facebook is done🇦🇺 Nobody needs it.😝

  81. TrinityImages

    February 22, 2021 at 4:29 am

    It makes sense

  82. Logan Walker

    February 22, 2021 at 4:52 am

    If you guys still use Facebook make sure you deactivate your account

  83. Nicholas DeAngelis

    February 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

    It’s really because the only true news Americans can get is Sky Australia News for American politics. It’s a way to control the narrative we Americans are force fed by our media.

  84. Ric Liang

    February 22, 2021 at 6:23 am

    More power to Australia

  85. Stefan Kwiatkowski

    February 22, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Not bias in the slightest 🤔

  86. Tamplushboy

    February 22, 2021 at 10:25 am

    just take a screenshot and send it trust me it works

  87. The Spectosphere

    February 22, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Because there’s an election going on.

  88. f0rest[tw]

    February 22, 2021 at 1:55 pm


  89. Kory Steele

    February 22, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    What is the name of the woman narrating this video?

  90. Igor Faslyev

    February 22, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    The logic is backward, the message FB is sending is that it does not depend on news content for its revenue and it really isn’t. It’s the other way around, news outlets need Facebook and google to refer readers to their websites.
    If FB doesn’t want to pay for links to any specific content it’s wrong to try and force them to allow links to such content to be shared on their platform.

  91. HilarityBribo

    February 22, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Totaltarianism and censorship are how tech tyrants operate. Australia can respond in kind and ban facebook from the nation.

  92. Toya Blackson

    February 22, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    If you don’t have a Facebook or Instagram you don’t run your own business was on there for fun

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