Breaking news: Facebook breaks news (and other pages) for Australian users

Breaking news: Facebook breaks news (and other pages) for Australian users

AS BBC News reports, Facebook – angry that the Australian government wants it and other tech giants to pay for content reposted from media outlets – has blocked users in Australia from sharing or viewing news content on the platform.

And in characteristic style, they’ve made a right pig’s ear of it.

Sure enough, pages like ABC News are now blank for Australian users.

As are radio stations:

And… errr.. conservation organisation WWF Australia:

And uh, tech company Motorola:

As well as government health organisations (hey, good thing that there isn’t a global pandemic going on, eh?):

At least there’s something to be amused by. Facebook’s dumb algorithm even managed to ban the official Facebook page:

What a bunch of drongos.

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