For anyone who checks their Facebook account for news it might have come as a surprise this morning to discover that Facebook has blocked Australian users and publishers from viewing or sharing news. All is not lost however and the sky won't fall. For our 11,000 Facebook followers all you have to do is: - BOOK MARK The Beagle website
The Guardian reports "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. “The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” he said in a blog post published on Thursday morning. “It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia.
“With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”
News sites, including ABC South East, Braidwood Bugle and The Beagle, show no posts on their Facebook page as of Thursday morning.
Above: a typical Facebook screen for any Australian Media account This may well spell the new dawn of where and how you find your news. The Beagle website is unaffected by any Facebook action as you can see and The Beagle is also available to you on Google News, the newly created platform that Google have installed in Australia as their way to control the demands of the government to pay big Media for their articles. So if you enjoy your news go over to Google News on your PC and Tablet - (load Google News as an App on your phone) and be sure to Follow The Beagle
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