Facebook blocks Australian users and publishers from viewing or sharing news

Company says it has made decision ‘with a heavy heart’ in response to proposed media bargaining code

Facebook has followed through on its threat to ban Australians from seeing or posting news content on its site in response to the federal government’s news media code.

The tech giant’s Australian and New Zealand managing director, Will Easton, said this would block links to Australian publishers from being posted, while no Australian users would be able to share or see content from any news outlets, both Australian and international.

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