Nowadays the relationship between Facebook and the Australian Government is not good. Since 18 February, Facebook has blocked every news link on Facebook in Australia. So if you are an Australian then from now on you can not see any news on FB News Feed.
Facebook blocked every page and link to news organizations in Australia. Therefore, Australian Facebook users will not see any news of any news publication, if they are local or international, it no longer matters. So that’s why on Twitter #Deletefacebook is trending.
What is behind this decision?
A few days ago, the Government of Australia introduced a media bargaining bill. In this bill, each tech company has to pay an amount to news organizations for news links.
They have assumed that Facebook and Google and other tech companies use the content of news publications and make money from it. But Facebook categorically denies this and says they don’t get anything from this news link, so they don’t need to pay.
That is why Facebook has decided to block every news link on Facebook in Australia. And block some official handles of the government as well but later a statement came from Facebook and they said that there was an error in the official handle. But pages that are not posted any news link to will run.
Therefore, it is now difficult to predict who will withdraw from this situation. If Facebook takes a step back and agrees with the government policy, then other countries will implement the same policy and Facebook knows this very well.
If they do not make a decision, the government and Facebook will suffer. If the government keeps its policy, then the people of their country would not get to see the news on Facebook. And if Facebook stands on its stubbornness, then it may lose many users along with its brand value.