Facebook Changes for Australians

Last Update: February 17, 2021

Hello members, friends, and Family of Wealthy Affiliate!

just a quick post to inform you what is happening here in Australia, regarding reading and sharing news for Australians on Facebook:

What’s happening?

A: In response to Australia's proposed new Media Bargaining law in Australia, Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content on Facebook.

What will users see when they try to post or share news content?

For our Australian community, this means they cannot view or share Australian or international news content on Facebook or content from Australian and international news Pages.

For our international community, this means they cannot view or share Australian news content on Facebook or content from Australian news Pages.

What will happen when users try to share news content? How are you going to monitor this?

Australian users are restricted from being able to post links to news domains. Global users will be restricted from being able to post links to Australian news domains.

Will it be all news content or just content from Australian news organizations?

Australian users are restricted from being able to post, share or see any news content - either from Australian or global news organizations or entities. Users outside of Australia cannot post, share or see any news content from Australian news organizations or entities.

Why is Facebook making this decision?

A: The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content. It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law, that ignores the realities of this relationship or stops allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.

If you will like to read the full new rules change on Facebook for Australians click on the link below and you will be redirected to the Main Page=News Law Facebook Australia


Thank you for reading, like, commenting, and sharing.

wish you a wonderful day!


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JeannineC Premium
Facebook is a bully and hates to change their model for anyone. They are doing horrible things in the US to silence people they don't agree with; their "fact checkers" are idiots!

Hang in there, you'll get through this.
Pedrone Premium
yes it's a bit strange
what's going on,
but we will adjust and keep going!

Have a good day!
MiaL Premium
It’s so annoying. I used to follow all the news sites and it was the way I got the news! Having the news on the TV is a downer for the whole family so I’d just get the snippets via my FB feed. So annoying!!! Ugh.
Pedrone Premium
me too, I have been watching independent news
from all over the world on Facebook,
especially in this economic, political, and the pandemic
health situation...

Thank you for coming by
and have a great day!
BrightSales Premium
I guess is is happening already friend. I've written about this about a couple of weeks ago. it involved, Facebook, Google search engine, and others as well. I know that Google has reached a deal, but Facebook did not. We will see how long FB will hold off.
In the meantime, we'll see how much damage and loss revenues will prevail because of Facebook restrictions on Australia. I just think that the government there are trying to control social media giants, which should be a big No. I just don't want it to happen here in the U.S. It might not look good. As these companies will make us users pay in some ways or another to recoup loss revenues. All the best!
Pedrone Premium
Hello, and yes I know,
thank you for the good comment
and agree with you,
let's hope the best

have a good day
JeffreyBrown Premium
I hope it all gets sorted, Pietro!
Pedrone Premium
yes, thank you
let's hope so!
JeffreyBrown Premium
Yes, indeed!

AlexEvans Premium
Hi Pietro, thank you for sharing; I think that it impacts the user as always. The Australian GOVT doesn't get it and is passing a draconian law to protect monopoly news providers' interests.

The thing is that it is people sharing information and news. The platforms are providing the ability to do this. It is going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

The classic is that news articles that are shared have advertising embedded, so the provider, through sharing gets a wider spread of their content and advertising revenue.

In most instances, if it is a media outlet, you get several free articles a month before you have to pay for content. This is pretty standard in the global news media space.

Also, most news media providers have free basic coverage and premium content.

They want to have their cake eat it, and still have it on the table. Morally wrong!

I hope that common sense prevails because some players in this game are not being honest. Good to see Facebook taking a stand on behalf of their users.

Better stop there.
Pedrone Premium
I totally agree with you!
and as you mentioned let's hope that common sense prevails!