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Facebook states that it will block the sharing of news stories in Australia

Social media giant ‘Facebook’ has threatened that it will block Australian publishers and individuals from sharing news stories on its platform.

This is in response to a new Australian legislation that allows publishers to charge Facebook for news content.

The company’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand ‘Will Easton’ wrote in a blog post that Facebook would have to choose between “either removing news entirely or accepting a system that lets publishers charge us for as much as they want at a price with no clear limits”.

Google issued an open letter that stated that the proposed Australian law was a potential threat to individual privacy and that it would degrade the quality of its search and YouTube video services.

However, Google did not threaten a cut-off.

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