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19 February, 2021

Facebook Fallout

THE LONGREACH Leader faced an online news shutdown this week.

By Emily Blue Richards

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. PHOTO: Supplied by AFP

FACEBOOK said it made the move in response to the government's proposed media bargaining laws, which would force major tech giants to pay Australian news outlets for their content. 

Australian news sites across the country have had Facebook pages banned, as the social media giant continues its feud with the federal government.

The ongoing dispute is likely to continue well into 2024. In the meantime, you can stay up to date with the Longreach Leader via our instagram, twitter and website or in our weekly paper.

Only Facebook’s Newsfeed has been impacted by Australian laws governing news and it would appear the tech giant has not extended its ban to its other social networks Instagram and WhatsApp so far.

The pages of news sites and their posts still appear on Instagram and older posts remain untouched.

As the ACCC and Australian Government work to finalise the draft legislation, the Longreach Leader hopes the Central West online community will engage in constructive discussions across other online platforms and continue to support digital local news.

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