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Facebook vs. Australia: What Happens When Big Tech Comes for the News?

Added 02-18-21 08:34:02pm EST - “Lisa Davies, the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, talks to Foreign Policy about Facebook's decision to block news for its users in Australia.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Facebook vs. Australia: What Happens When Big Tech Comes for the News?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Lisa Davies, the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, talks to Foreign Policy about Facebook’s decision to block news for its users in Australia.

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Facebook’s decision on Thursday to block users in Australia from posting links to news content took the world by surprise. Faced with abiding by a new Australian law that forces Google and Facebook to bargain with media companies for a slice of the revenue generated by advertising on the platforms, each company has taken a wildly different direction.

While its advertising competitor Google has cut deals with the country’s media giants, Facebook has decided to play hardball—blocking news entirely—and to send a warning to other countries that might be thinking of similar legislation.

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