Facebook has followed through on its threat to ban Australians sharing news on its platform in response to a proposed media bargaining code.
Australian users and publishers are from today, Thursday February 18, restricted from viewing or sharing domestic and international news, with overseas users also unable to access Australian news content.
This means media companies like Mamamia will no longer appear in your feed, and when you search for us on Facebook, our page will appear blank.
Initially Facebook also blocked important information pages including the weather bureau, health departments, police agencies and charities.
Facebook has removed the @BOM_au page amidst the shutdown of Australian news pages, and on a day with flooding rain in QLD and catastrophic fire danger in WA. Warnings need to get to as wide an audience as possible as a matter of safety. Shocking.— Nate Byrne (@SciNate) February 17, 2021