Facebook has blocked Australian news sites in response to a bill to change the rules for distributing online advertising in Australia. The social network did not agree with the new rules and this was the result.
The Australian Government therefore had to act. According to the portal Theverge, Facebook will resume news content because the government has agreed to amend the proposed code of conduct on news media negotiations. Content should return to Facebook in the coming days.
We dealt with this topic in more detail in the article More money from Google, Facebook and co. block content for publishers.
After the restriction of Facebook in Australia, the official website will also disappear from the social network
The American giant Facebook has decided to take a strong step. Users from Australia have banned Facebook news sites. All this is the impetus for recent regulatory action by the Australian government itself.
Apparently, Facebook has accidentally managed to ban government-run sites
In short, Australian content publishers are prevented from sharing any content on Facebook. However, site administrators will continue to have access to site features, including statistics and an old familiar study for authors. It is also possible to use the appropriate dedicated application.
Facebook has banned Facebook’s own Facebook page pic.twitter.com/bvZGRaO77H
— Andrew Brown (@AndrewBrownAU) February 17, 2021
As far as regular international users are concerned, they can, of course, use the Facebook platform in the same way as before, except that the Australian audience has limited viewing and sharing posts from them.
Facebook’s news ban hammer having a lot of collateral damage. pic.twitter.com/mP4pfd3nL5
— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) February 17, 2021
In addition, posts containing Australian news will not be viewable, not yet shared. Australian users themselves can use the social network in a slightly more limited mode. It is not possible to view or share domestic and international news on it.
The ban was supposed to affect news sites
So we introduced you to the situation a bit. That’s why you may not find it so surprising that sites like “Bureau of Meteorology”, “Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia” and “Queensland Health” pretend to have no shared content.
Posts have been removed from the Queensland and SA health department Facebook pages pic.twitter.com/N2K8NlFTSq
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) February 17, 2021
These are government agencies that were probably downloaded from Facebook. Web The Verge reports that before logging in to a Facebook account, it is possible to see individual posts shared by these pages, but after logging in, they look as if they have never uploaded anything to their timeline.
Facebook has removed NSW Fire and Rescue’s page. It’s still summer 🔥☹️ pic.twitter.com/MIFo8Wy3jg
— Trent Murray (@trent_murray) February 17, 2021
Most interestingly, however, the ban on Facebook should not apply to any of these sites. In some cases, removing posts from similar sites could pose some form of risk to the Australian public.
Some of the country’s tribal departments are using the Facebook platform as a method of warning about imminent risks to public health and safety.
The @BOM_au Facebook page has also disappeared as part of the news ban.@SciNate: “This is incredibly concerning, since the Bureau uses social media to get their warnings out as broadly as possible.” pic.twitter.com/8CTHvD2oFW
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) February 17, 2021
Facebook itself also commented on the situation. He said the ban should have no effect on government sites, but acknowledged that there may have been confusion as to the extent to which the restriction should extend. Pages that have been accidentally hit should be returned to normal.
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