May 9, 2022

Australia Wanted Facebook to Pay for News. Facebook Played Hardball.

by The Journal.

Background show artwork for The Journal.

Last year, Facebook blocked news pages to pre-empt Australian legislation that would force it to pay publishers for content. But it also took down the Facebook pages of non-news organizations like hospitals, emergency services and charities. Was the move inadvertent or a negotiating tactic? We talk to WSJ's Keach Hagey about what she learned.


Further Reading:

Facebook Deliberately Caused Havoc in Australia to Influence New Law, Whistleblowers Say


Further Listening:

The Facebook Files, a Podcast Series 

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