Facebook blocks news in Australia in warning for the world

The social media platform's 17 million users in Australia are now unable to share any news

Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook’s algorithmic ambush switched off the main news source for almost one in five Australians. Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook Inc.’s decision to block news sharing on its Australian platform is an unprecedented show of force that escalates a legal standoff with the government and flashes a warning to

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First Published: Feb 18 2021 | 3:36 PM IST

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