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Facebook blocks Australians from viewing and sharing news

The move comes as the Australian parliament debates laws that would force Facebook to pay for Australian news

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FACEBOOK HAS ANNOUNCED it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.

Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts cannot be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the company said in a statement.

Australian users cannot share Australian or international news.

International users outside Australia also cannot share Australian news.

The announcement comes a day after Australia’s treasurer Josh Frydenberg described as “very promising” negotiations between Facebook and Google with Australian media companies.

The Australian Parliament is debating proposed laws that would make the two platforms strike deals to pay for Australian news.

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Both platforms have condemned the proposed laws as unworkable. Google has also threatened to remove its search engine from the country.

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