Meta stops paying Australian news publishers, sparking backlash

ABC News March 1, 2024, 09:00 PM UTC

Summary: Meta, owner of Facebook, will stop paying Australian news publishers for content, leading to the shutdown of Facebook's news tab features in Australia and the US. The move has sparked backlash from the government and news outlets. The decision comes after the government introduced a media bargaining bill, requiring tech giants to pay for displaying news. Meta claims news isn't a priority for users and will not renew agreements due to declining user engagement. This could impact news visibility and potentially lead to an increase in fake news circulation. The loss of deals is a major blow to public interest journalism, with concerns over the financial impact on news organizations. There's a possibility of another news block on Meta's platforms if the government designates it.

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