Australian Facebook users can no longer post news.
In Australia, it is no longer possible to share links from news articles on Facebook.
Also, Facebook users abroad can no longer see posts from Australian news companies.
Facebook decided on Wednesday in response to a bill that would force the company to pay news companies for their content. According to Facebook, the law shows a lack of understanding about “the relationship between our platform and news content publishers.”
Google struck a deal with Australia’s Newscorp this week to avoid problems with the law. But Facebook does not consider itself comparable to the search giant. “Publishers do not voluntarily give their content to Google; with us, they choose to publish news articles because they sell more subscriptions.”
Publishers would make more money from Facebook than the other way around, the company writes. “News is only 4 percent of what we show in the feed.”