Facebook just threatened to block users from sharing news in Australia, in response to new rules that would force it to pay publishers: I wrote in depth about the pros and cons of Australia’s plan in May, and the logic behind it:
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FB is re-running the "Google News in Spain" playbook. We know how that one ended.
Good or bad, publishers need Google and Facebook more than vice versa. Without them, publishers have very little business, and Google and Facebook have the easy option to (Atlas) shrug.
Facebook Could Block Sharing of News Stories in Australia.🇦🇺 The move is a response to pressure to pay publishers when their stories are posted on the social network, by via #SoMe #journalism